Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter...


(picture taken in May of 2011)

Wishing you a beautiful day 
filled with new beginnings...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A little rest...

Tonight 13 deer visited our back yard.
We were wondering (and worrying)
 how they made it through
the winter months.


Then this mommy and her two yearlings
decided to take a rest....  


I just love spring....

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Furniture adventures....


In 2008 I started painting furniture for the "little booth" and loved every minute of it! The entire process of transforming a piece of furniture is an adventure....


First I have to find a piece of furniture that needs a little bit (or sometimes a lot) of love...


I love when someone is discarding a piece of furniture for the trash...
the kids have learned to sometimes spot these little treasures before me!
Although they usually say "you are NOT stopping are you?"

Well of course I am stopping and it is pretty large so I will be needing your help!


Lucky for me, I have friends who are not afraid to dumpster dive with me
and drag furniture to my garage!  


Once we find the piece that needs a little love
we can dream about what color to paint it...


Maybe even transform it a little...


add a little character....


 Then it is time for the pieces to find a new home....


So after a year long break....


I have decided to start treasure hunting for furniture
and break out the ole paint brush again!!!


Cannot wait to see what treasures I find this time around....

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Au Gratin Crab Alfredo

We had left over crab from another meal which had Tony thinking of new ways to use crab. I love how he is able to look in the pantry and think of a new recipe. Since he is making this for dinner it needs to be kid friendly and pasta is always a winner in our home! 

Au Gratin Crab Alfredo


Ingredients:
Topping:
1 lb lump crab meat
1 cup dry bread crumb
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp melted butter
Alfredo Sauce
1 Jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 lb spaghetti noodles

Step 1:
Cook pasta following directions on box. While pasta is cooking heat Alfredo sauce in a separate sauce pan

Step 2:
Empty crab meat in a bowl and pick through for shells. Spread onto a half sheet tray. Mix melted butter, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese together. Pour mixture over the crab.

Step 3:
Broil crab mixture until golden brown


Step 4:
In a pasta bowl place 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and toss with hot pasta. Stir in Alfredo to coat. Then top with Au Gratin crab meat.

Step 5:
Enjoy!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Cabin....


Off the Grid...
This is what we have named 
our five mile trip up 
a dirt road....


20 minutes later we arrive at the top of the mountain....


we have nick named the cabin
"off the grid"


We do have running water.... 


When we pump it by hand....


The stove and refrigerator run by gas...


Electric by a generator.....


Warm showers heated by the sun....


Private bedrooms....


Heated....


Private bath....


Hours of fun...




Cards....





Hours on the lake...





Sometimes it is good to turn life upside down
and be 
Off the Grid!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Skating on the pond....


These photo's are from last January.....


As a child I grew up skating on ponds and loved it but as a parent I have this fear of letting the kids skate on the pond.


One day they talked me into it and the pond was cleared of the snow and the hockey nets were up....


And the kids skated on the pond....


I even laced up the old skates.....


This year the pond is hard to find due to the large amount
of snow.....


The pond is two feet in front of the bench. It looks like another storm is coming our way on Sunday.
Hopefully this is the last snow storm of the year! We are ready to pack the snow boots away
and bring out the flip-flops! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quinoa and Wild Rice

This is a favorite of the kids.
Actually anything that has rice in it
is a favorite. So we try to sneak some healthy
ingredients into it when even possible!


Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa
1 cup Wild Rice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup almond slivers
1 small can mandarin oranges

Step 1:
Cook quinoa and wild rice separately according to box directions. Then combine the quinoa and wild rice together in a single pot.

Step 2:
Add dried cranberries, almonds, and mandarin oranges to rice mixture. Heat over low heat until mixture is warmed throughout. 


Tonight Tony served the Quinoa with sautéed vegetables and 
Tilapia. Yum...a healthy night and delicious! 


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