Sunday, June 27, 2010

One small candle...

There is not enough
darkness in the world
to extinguish the light
of one small candle.
Spanish Proverb

I am a little late this summer planting flowers
around the house and deck.
I just couldn't find the  motivation.
Has that ever happened to you?

Then this week I was at the thrift store and bought these
small glass lamp shades for 50 cents each.
A little motivation was found!

My thinking was that a tea light would look so
pretty shining through the woven pattern.
If it didn't look good I would only be out $2.50!

Already had the tea lights on hand!

Placed them together and they give off the perfect glow!

Now I just need to fiind the motivation to fill
my window boxes and flower pots!!
Or I could just enjoy all your photo's
and plan for next year!

Linking to:
Mosaic Monday at the Little Red House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville

Friday, June 25, 2010

Strawberry Caprese Salad

Happy Summer to all of you!!
Sorry I have been M.I.A. for a bit,
just busy focusing on a new job that 
required me to get "up to speed" asap.
Believe me Wendy keep aksing me to do something

This one is fast, refreshing and easy!
 Its one of those recipes that sparks interest 
because of the ingredients and is great on a hot day.

Summer cooking for me is only using a few items,
at peak freshness and simply prepared.

Let the food shine, and don't use 75 ingredients in a dish.

Yield: 3 Servings

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
3 c. fresh strawberries, stemmed & halved
3c. fresh mozzarella bocconcini
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
Salt & black pepper
3 t. basil, chiffonade
3 t. mint, chiffonade

Method (1)
To make the balsamic syrup,
simmer vinegar in a non-reactive pan over low heat
until reduced by 1/2 its volume.
Stay close, its goes from just right to tar in a minute!

Trim some fresh herbs, gently wash and let dry.

Make sure they are dry, or they will just get mushy and look bad.
Also, for chiffonade, use a SHARP knife,
and watch your finger tips.

Method (2)
 For each serving toss 1 c. strawberries and 1 c. bocconcini

Drizzle with 1 T. olive oil

Season with salt and pepper

Add 1 t. basil and 1 t. mint; gently toss again.

Mound onto a plate
(you can do individual plates, parfaits work too.
Or for a larger group, a platter works well)
Garnish the platter with some basil and mint sprigs

Drizzle with 2 t. balsamic syrup over and around salad.
Grind more pepper on top.
Have it with a nice glass of La Cappucina Soave 2008 (Italy)
and kick your feet up and watch the sun set.


Linking to
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Just wondering.....

Thought I would get your opinion today...
because I was just wondering....
What if....
You found a smaller home than you lived in now...
What if...
it had great character?

What if...
it needed lots of work?

What if...
you could make it your own?

What if...
it full fills a dream?

What if...
the rooms are small?

What if...
your girls would need to be room mates?

What if...
you see its potential and not what it is right now?

What if..
You love it's imperfections?

What if..
it has space to grow?

What if..
it has a pond?

What if...
the world will think you are crazy?

Just wondering...
What if?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It's a Raspberry Ice Tea Party...

The kids and I went to the farmers market today and had so much fun. It was so hot! I promised the kids when we got home we could make some raspberry ice tea and enjoy our whoppie pies!

Sun Tea:
Yesterday I used 3 tea bags and filled a container with water. Placed on the picnic table and let the sun go to work.

Raspberry Ice Tea
2 Tablespoons of Raspberry Syrup per 20 oz of tea (or lemonade)

Tea Party Time
Today we bought mint and fresh raspberries to put with our tea. The mint is actually for Tony, he is making something with strawberries and mint. I will keep my camera close by!! I didn't think he would mind if we used a little for our tea.

My grandmother grew mint in her garden and would make homemade mint sun tea. It was the best!
I think she added lots of sugar to her tea. It was so sweet....delicious! Using the syrup in  place of the sugar gives the same sweet taste, but without the calories...did you see the label said sugar free!

We did buy some homemade whoopie pie's today. Yum...oatmeal chocolate chip, chocolate with peanut butter and chocolate with raspberry cream!

They have been patiently waiting for me to stop taking pictures!  They couldn't wait any longer to enjoy the whoopie pie's and the raspberries!

I know you're loving the Selena Gomez tablecloth!
It was left out from swimming yesterday!
Oh well...keeping it real!
Now we're headed to the nursery to buy flowers for the deck!
Hope you're keeping cool!
Happy to be joining in Bobbypins Boardwalk Bragfest party!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Five must have's....

Today I am joining in on a fun party at Cottage and VineCottage and Vine is one of my favorite reads.  It is like picking up a great magazine. I hope you stop over and join us!

So, we are going away for the weekend and we can only take 5 cosmetic products along...what would they be?  I have to tell you I wouldn't call myself a big cosmetic product girl, but I had trouble only picking 5. My lip gloss didn't make the trip, but I figured I could pick that up once we got there!!

Here are my must have 5....

1. Mary Kay Time Wise 3-in-1 cleanser:
Love this stuff! It also comes in a bar form that I keep in the shower. It makes your skin feel so soft and never dries it out. Wouldn't leave home without it!

2. Neutrogena Age Shield + repair anti-aging sunblock:
This one I just added this week (which is why the lip gloss got bumped). I apply it every morning and through out the day. Doesn't feel greasy or make my skin burn, and hopefully it is giving me that deep cellular protection! (I am excited to see what you guys use in this area!)

3. Mary Kay Timewise age-fighting moisturizer
I can't say enough good things about Mary Kay products. It also helps that my friend LeighAnne sells it, so I just give a phone call and walk next door...better than running to Walmart!  It is great for all skin types and again your skins feels soft and smooth!

4. BareMinerals Foundation Powder (by Bare Escentuals)
This powder provides shine-free coverage, skin renewing properties and provides a smooth finish! Love Love Love this product!

5. Great Lash Mascara (by Maybelline)
For the price this little product does an awesome job!

So there you have 5 must have products! As I was typing I was seeing a common theme...age fighting!! I guess it goes with the age! Can't wait to see what everyone else is packing!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Words to live by....

He didn't tell me how to live;
 he lived,
and let me watch him do it.
~Clarence Budington Kelland

P-pa and Lil' Tony

It is a funny thing being a parent. As we start on this journey to adulthood we are so excited to create our "own" life and forge our own path. Set out into this big world to accomplish so many great things. I remember my best-friend, Angie, and I would talk about how we were never going to raise our kids in the same town we grew up in. Well, here Angie and I both the same town we grew up in!  Following in our parents foot steps. It has taken me being an adult to see that those paths our parent's forged are good paths.

Today I want to share 10 things my dad taught me and I hope to pass on to our kids.
1. Love and trust God with all your heart.
My dad and mom both love God with all their heart and lean on his guidance everyday. God's love never goes away...he is always right there for you to lean on and trust. 
2. Pray
One of the greatest memories as a child is praying with my parents and my dad. We took everything to pray and you can pray anywhere, not just at church, at dinner, or at bedtime...any time and any where. I will find my self driving and praying.   So many of his words he used when praying,  I find myslef using today with the kids when we pray. I love that they will ask, "Mom, can we pray."
3. How to fish.
Now maybe we don't need to fish for our food like our ancestors use to need to do, but many lessons come from a good fishing trip. Even though he taught us how to put a worm on the hook (without squeeling), reel in a fish, hold a fish and take the hook back out, and the best was letting it go. Freeing that little fish back into the big water. That was my favorite part...watching the fish swim back to freedom! 
4. A time to talk and a time to listen.
Chooses your words wisely, you can never take words back. Listen first and then answer. Sometimes you might not answer, because you are taking the time to choose your words wisely. Although today I have learned that when he is not answering, it is because he is disagreeing in his mind. That leads to number 5!
5. Agree to Disagree
We are each our own person and sometimes we won't agree. You listen to my side and I'll listen to your side and then we'll agree or not. It is okay not to agree. Not agreeing doesn't mean we don't love each other, it just means we are our own person and that is a good thing.
6. If you can't pay for it with cash, you don't need it.
The value of money and saving money was started at a young age. I remember when my parents got their first credit card. They taught us that it is for an emergency, like when we were on vacation and the car broke down and needed fixed. Thank goodness for that emergency credit card. They taught us that if we can't pay it off when the bill comes, then you need to think real hard if it is a needed. Need v.s. want' that is a tough lesson to learn!
7. How to use power tools.
My dad has an awesome woodworking shop. My brother and I were able to go down to the shop and use our imagination and create. My dad taught us how to use our minds, not have to follow a pattern. He taught us how to build the pattern in our minds and put it on paper. I think this is why I always have some project working in my brain and I know Mark, my brother, is the same.
8.Take time for one another.
You have to take the time to focus on your marriage. For as long as I can remember my parents go for breakfast every morning, just the two of them. They go to the local diner every morning, sometimes even before the birds are awake. This was their time to regroup, refocus and re-energize their marriage. A marriage needs a strong foundation to stand the storms that come. I look at them and the love they have and so thankful for giving me that. They have made marriage look easy, but we all know it is about making time and keep that foundation stong.
9. Enjoy a good cup of coffee.
If you know my parents they love a good cup of coffee. Coffee is enjoyed in the morning, afternoon, and even after dinner. Doesn't matter how you brew it, what kind of coffee you make, or what you put in your coffee. It is all about the good conversation around that cup of coffee or the moment of solitute that you have enjoying a cup of coffee. If you visit we'll be sure to brew a pot of coffee for you!
10. Right from wrong.
I can still remembering him saying, "Wendy, we only have a small window of time to instill the value in you 
and Mark that we think make a good person and then it is up to you. You are going to be faced with choices and it is up to you to decide right from wrong."  All goes back to that foundation thing again. A foundation built on the love of God is stong and there is where you'll find answer for knowing right  v.s. wrong.
11. Dream
I had to add a number 11, the gift to dream. My parents dream and still dream today. I hope that some of the dreams that they have shared with us do come true. Dreams bring hope and without hope, we have nothing. So, friends dream and dream big!!

Of course I am still learning alot of this. Hopefully our kids look back and have learned lesson from us that they will want to share with their kids. Life is funny how it comes around full circle and we hear ourselves saying the same advice as our parents.
Happy Father's Day Dad.
We love you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Question and Answers....

Sorry it has taken awhile to get back to you with answers. 
Thank you so much for all your emails and questions! 
It is so much fun chatting with you!

I grouped all the questions together
in one post! Hope that is okay!

Question Number #1 
What is the name of the store that sells the artifical tulips and can you buy them online?

They are from Homestead Furnishing in Mt Joy, Pa.
The are currently closed because they are moving to Maytown, Pa
and reopening in August (I think).
They currently do not have website, but if that changes I will let you know.

Question # 2
What paint and glaze did I use on the corner cabinet?

If it is a small project I use white craft paint that can be bought at Wallmart or Michaels.
If it is a larger project I use whatever white paint I have on hand. For the cabinet I used
Sherwin and Williams paint that was ment for our trim is call Landmark White.
Landmark was the name of our builder.
Glaze: I love Valspar Translucent Color Glaze in Mocha. I keep thinking of
trying a new color, but just not ready to change yet!!
Some of you have down some awesome projects with other colors of the glaze.

Question # 3
Is that your house?

This was our first home. It was a small 850 square ft and I loved
every inch of this home. The second floor was not finished and the plan
would have been to finish it, but we decided to move back
to the town we grew up in. Closer to family.
Aww....I miss this house!

Question # 4
Who painted your pictures?

An aunt of a family friend painted both water colors for us.
This is our current home.
When I took this picture of the painting I had to laugh!
I don't leave anything the same way for too long!
Do you remember my post on having a facelift?

Here is what our house looks like now...
Red shutters and front door are now black!

If I missed any questions please let me know!
Hope you are having a sweet week!

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