Saturday, January 30, 2010

A mothers song....

God grants us the gift of children.
A gift that we are to hold close to our heart.

I found this song today.
I sat here and cried.

Big tears...of joy and sadness.

One day Lil Tony will grow up and have a family of his own....
This song says it all..

Today's post is for one of my precious gifts....
who traveled all the way from South Korea
to be our son!

We love you Lil Tony with all of our heart!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Gazpacho Crab Shooters

1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp of onion, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp Green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Fresh Lime Juice from 1/2 of a Lime
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
Dash Tabasco
Pinch Kosher Salt
Pinch Pepper
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 oz Lump Crab Meat

Place all ingredients (except crab meat)  in a blender or food processor.

Puree until Smooth

Chill for 30 minutes.

Place Lump crab in bottom of a 2oz shooter glass.

Top with gazapacho

Garnish with a small sprig of cilantro


We are linking to Foodie Friday!!
Stop by and see all the great recipes!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Silver Leaf Votives

This is the first time I ever worked with silver leaf.
I wasn't sure how it would go.
I have decided it is alot of fun!

Last week I painted everything with chalkboard paint!
I think this week I am going to go on a silver leaf craze!

You will need the following:

votive from the dollar store
spray adhesive
silver leaf
acrylic sealer
paint brush

Step 1:
Coat the interior of the votives with spray adhesive.
Allow it to dry until it is clear and tacky.

Step 2:
Apply the silver leaf using the tissue sheets.
Rub the leaf onto the surface, then remove the tissue.
I used a dry soft paint brush to remove any excess silver leaf.

The first votive I tried to get the entire votive covered with the silver leaf.
As I did more I realized that I liked the look of cracks and was not
as particular about getting it perfect.

Step 3:
Spray the silver leaf surface with acrylic sealer.

Step 4:
Add votive

Today I am sharing this at The Shabby Chic Cottage
for Trasformation Thursday.

On Friday I am going to be partying with some
Creative Cats at Poppy's at Play!!

Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

On Sat. visit Funky Junk Interiors for
Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Who knew Laundry could be fun....

Last week I ordered a sign from Susie Harris!!
It is the fun Laundry Sign that has the
great hand on it!

I thought what a great idea...
maybe this will remind the kids to get
the dirty wash in the basket!

It came wrapped so sweet with jute and ribbon..

She even included a personalized Thank You..

I took the sign to the kids bathroom to hang and I just couldn't do it.
I would not get to see it if it was in their bathroom...

If it hung above the Laundry Room door everyone could enjoy!
So...above the laundry room door...
right beside the kitchen...
to make me smile!!!

Thank you Susie...I love it!!

This was the first time I ordered from Etsy and
found it easy and 100% happy!!
Hop over and see Susie's other great signs!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Remembering Technology

As a family we are having fun going to thrift stores.
When we get there we have our list of treasures we hope to find!
Sometimes we find a new treasure we had not even thought of!

A vintage typewriter has been on our wish list for awhile...

Maybe not in pink....
although the girls would love it!!

we would take blue, tan or black...
The kids are so excited to be able to type their own letter
and not use a printer...

Remember rotary phones...

My mom and dad still have one in the basement!

On a recent trip to Pottery Barn we found a vintage style phone...

The kids race to answer the phone...
because they love the phone cord!
Now...if they had to use a phone attached to the cord...
it would be the end of the world!!
Remember stretching the cord to the point of it not even being coiled
any more....just to have a little privacry!

One more...
Little Tony picked up a record at the thrift store and
said, "Dad..what's this"

You guessed it....added to the list!
The kids are so excited to find a record player!

It is so much fun bringing back a little technology history!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Holding on with both hands.....

(yeah!!! chalkboard paint brushed on worked great!)

Tonight I am thankful for a wonderful family

On Sat. Tony and I celebrated 17 years of marriage!
We have learned so much in 17 years...
 most of all not to take each other forgranted...
 not for a single second.
Couples that pray together stay together and
to hold on with both hands....

(photo credits to Maddie)

Today I read in my daily devotions:
"A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart"
"We have a daily choice to fill our mind and heart with the wonder of who God is, or to be pulled down by a fascination with the darker things in life. Hope lies in what we carry in our heart. Will we choose to keep our focus on the shadows or turn toward the light of God's face?"
Shelia Walsh

I pray each day I can see the goodness and always carry hope in my heart...

Tonight Lil Tony and I did some baking....

Lil Tony playing in the flour...
the best part about baking with a

Jewish Apple Cake....
Tony's (dad's) favorite...
Gram's recipe....

"Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord"
Psalm 4:6

Linking to It's so Very Cheri: Celebration Time

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Spinach and Bacon Pasta

Sorry to join Foodie Friday late this weekend!

This pasta dish is so good!
Serve with some crusty bread and
a nice glass of red  wine....

1 lb wide egg noodles, cooked
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp italian season
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
pinch salt & pepper
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped
1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoon butter
1 bag (6oz) fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 slice bacon, crisply cooked
(we used tastefully simple bacon bits)

 cook noodles per directions on package

 Marinade chicken in oil and balsamic vinegar with italian season, garlic, red pepper flakes,
salt, and pepper.

 Heat large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5-7 min. or until cooked through.

 Add can diced tomatoes; cook for 1 min., stirring occasionally.

 Add 2 tablespoon butter

 Add spinach and bacon

 Simmer for 1 minute

Mix with the pasta.

Pour yourself a glass of red wine and enjoy!!

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