Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easy Recipe . . .

I'm sharing my easy recipe for guacamole.

* 3 main ingredients *
lemon juice
fresh salsa from Sam's

generously squeeze lemon juice over avocado
salt & pepper to taste

add about 1/2 cup salsa

no chips, no problem, enjoy your guacamole with crackers

I'm challenging myself to cook my way through
the PW cookbook.

Starting next Tuesday I'm going to tell you how my first recipe turned out.
You'll have to wait until next week to see what I decided to make.
I'm joining Denise @ http://densdailylife.blogspot.com/ as she cooks her way through PW Cooks.
She's starting the cooking challenge today so hop over
to check it out. Tell her I sent you!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Random Monday Memories # 2 . . .

Today's memory is fitting for the week
leading up to Easter.
Dying Easter eggs was always a lot of fun
for me when I was a child.

I started getting excited when my Mother
bought a kit at the grocery store or Woolworth.
We always dyed the eggs the
day before Easter.

Mixing the vinegar & color tablets in small glasses
was always smelly, but I didn't mind
because I knew it would be worth it in the end.

My favorite colors were purple, pink, and aqua blue.

Watching the magic a wax crayon could create was so amazing.

Of course nothing could compare with hunting Easter
eggs over and over again!

Having a big basket filled with pretty eggs was the best!

Do you have sweet memories of Easter egg making?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekly Words To Live By #2 . . .

"Blessed is the King who comes
in the name of the Lord! "
Luke 19:38
for more' weekly words to live by'.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Show & Tell . . .

We're late, we're late . . .

Hello my friends, gentleman gardener here! I do hope you will excuse all my rabbit friends and me for being so late for 'Friday Show & Tell'. We've been busy doing other fun things and aren't quite ready for our spring debut. We will be back soon!
In the meantime have a wonderful spring weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chocolate Anyone ? ? ?

Too cute not to share . . .

You now have permission to start eating chocolate Easter bunnies!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rabbits Slowly Emerging . . .

The snow from our weekend storm has melted away.
It's finally time to deck the house with Easter goodies.

The first rabbit brave enough to emerge from his winter hiding place is Mr. Bosley Reed. Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember him. He has been trying to coax the other cute rabbits & bunnies to come out and play with him. Hopefully they will all be in their special places by the end of the week. I'm predicting they'll be ready for 'Friday Show & Tell'.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Random Monday Memories #1 . . .

For several weeks I've been thinking about doing a regular post about my memories. Last Monday while I was visiting Marie
I read her post 'Random Monday Memories'. I loved the title for the post. I emailed Marie asked her if she would mind me using the same title.
She graciously agreed to let me use her idea!
Thank you Marie!

The town I grew up in had an interesting hardware store filled to the brim with a variety of items. I loved to browse through Billings Hardware. I especially liked to look at the toys & dolls. The Poor Pitiful Pearl doll intrigued me.

Pearl had a plain face. You've heard the expression,
"She was so ugly , she was cute."
Pearl came complete with a simple calico dress . . .
and a fancy little dress so she could transform into a vision of beauty.
I always secretly wanted to own a Pearl doll.

Another doll I secretly wanted was a topsy turvey Cinderella doll.

This is the closest picture I could find to the Cinderella doll.

One year for my birthday, Grandma Minnie took me to
Billings Hardware to pick out a doll.

I fell in love with this precious Madame Alexander doll.
I was so thrilled that I finally owned a doll
from Billings. She's been with me for all these years.

Thank you for letting me share my memories with you.
Hope you'll visit again next Monday for more memories.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekly Words To Live By #1 . . .

We all wonder many many many times over WHY?
Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?"
or "Why did God have to do this to me?"
Here is a wonderful explanation!
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is
going wrong, she's failing algebra,
her boyfriend broke up with her
and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and
asks her daughter if she would like a snack,
and the daughter says,
"Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."
"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.
"Yuck" says her daughter.
"How about a couple raw eggs?"
"Gross, Mom!"
"Would you like some flour then?
Or maybe baking soda?"
"Mom, those are all yucky!"
To which the mother replies:
"Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the right way,
they make a wonderfully delicious cake! "
"God works the same way. Many times we wonder why
He would let us go through such bad and difficult times.
But God knows that when He puts
these things all in His order,
they always work for good! "
"We just have to trust Him and, eventually,
they will all make something wonderful!"

Saturday, March 20, 2010

What A Difference A Day Makes . . .

* Friday *
sunshine & warm breeze
73 degrees
barefoot & fancy free

* Saturday *
snowstorm & blustery wind
31 degrees
bundled up & frozen

Hot chocolate sounds good . . .

Friday, March 19, 2010

Say It Isn't So . . .

This is how we may be celebrating the
first day of spring in Oklahoma!

At least my tulips aren't blooming.

TULSA, OK -- Enjoy Friday's spring-like weather. News On 6 meteorologist Dick Faurot says, because "the bottom is fixing to drop out just in time for the weekend and the ‘official' start to Spring."
Rain changing to sleet and snow is in the forecast for Saturday morning with the forecast calling for six plus inches of snow falling across much of northeastern Oklahoma.
The cold front is expected to push through the area overnight Friday with the temperature dropping from the low 70's Friday afternoon to a much colder start to the day on Saturday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for heavy snow, which is in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday evening.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sunny Thoughts . . .

I love my Mary Engelbreit daily calendar!
For years I kept one on my desk at school
Now I keep one on my kitchen window ledge.
The cheery pictures and thoughts always
brighten my day.

Today's thought is a definite keeper!
Hope you're walking in sunshine today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Blessing . . .

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hope your St. Patrick's Day
is full of
spring sunshine
warm weather!

Monday, March 15, 2010

A "Tote"ally Great Giveaway . . .

Would you like to be the owner of this awesome tote?

Visit Faith @ http://walkwithmebyfaith.blogspot.com/to put your name in the hat.
You have until Sunday evening to enter.

We're enjoying wonderful weather here in NE Oklahoma today.
Hope your day has been great!

I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Psalm 23, The Children's Version . . .

Thank you, Sharon, for e-mailing me this cute story. . .

Shirley & Marcy

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week.As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally she said to Timmy,
'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?'
Timmy nonchalantly replied, 'Yeah, I know who she is.'

'The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'

'That's just Shirley Goodnest,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy.'
'Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?'

'Well,' Timmy explained,
'every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers,
cuz she worries about me so much.
And in the Psalm, it says, Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow
me all the days of my life,
so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you;
the Lord lift His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Don't Forget . . .

I have a difficult time adjusting to moving the clock ahead one hour.

But, after a few days I'm enjoying the longer days of sunlight!

Spring begins one week from today!
Can't wait!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Show & Tell . . .

Today I'm telling you about great
gingham creations from the 1960s.

During the 60s aprons like this one that
belonged to my Mother were very popular.

Another gingham craft was making pretty
pillows. My Grandma Ruby made many of
these beauties for herself & family members.

Here's a stylish apron I found on line.

Love it!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

If I Had My Druthers . . .

Which means . . .
If I had unlimited funds to do remodeling projects
around my house!

I like to imagine how nice it would be to . . .

have a wonderful kitchen like Ina Garten
cooks in on the Food Network . . .

a huge walk in pantry . . .

a front porch swing to lounge in and watch
the world pass by . . .
I grew up with one of these . . .
wonderful times spent there . . .

a cozy back porch featuring a fireplace . . .

an outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven . . .

another kitchen item . . .
I wouldn't even mind doing dishes in a
large farmhouse sink . . .

it would be so nice having a baking center
with everything so easy to find . . .
I'm finished daydreaming!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Don't Worry, Pray . . . (Words To Live By)

Don't try to figure it out on your own . . .

The truth about worrying . . .

What prayer can do . . .

Wishing you a blessed Sunday . . .

Friday, March 5, 2010

No Texting Pledge . . .

source google

Excuse me while I get on my soapbox!  Are you guilty of texting while driving?
Well, I can barely text while setting on my sofa let along while driving!
I am quilty of answering my phone while driving.  I'm taking the pledge to not use my cell phone
when I'm behind the wheel.  I have been begging my family members (who will remain nameless)
to stop texting while driving.

source google

I'm very happy that the state of Oklahoma is taking steps to pass a law
to enforce no texting while driving.

Oklahoma is a step closer to banning drivers from texting. House lawmakers are set to vote on a measure which would impose a steep fine.
House Bill 3250, by state Rep. Sue Tibbs and state Rep. Danny Morgan, would penalize any person who is operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway while using a cellular telephone or electronic communication device to write, send or read a text-based communication while the motor vehicle is in motion with a fine of up to $1,000.
“This is an important measure that hopefully will encourage drivers to pull off the road to a safe area if they must text someone,” said Tibbs. “This could save people from serious injuries or death. There’s no reason for innocent lives to be lost because a text couldn’t wait.

source google

Does your state have a law against texting?
source google

Let's take it a step further, don't dial or talk on the phone while driving.
If your cell phone rings while driving just wait until you're off the
road before you check to see who called.
Okay, I'll stop preaching now!
But seriously, take the pledge!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kids Draw The Darndest Things . . .

I can't resist sharing this cute little story
I received in an e-mail from my sister~in~law, Yvonne!
As a retired elementary teacher it
really tickled my funny bone!
Why children's homework should be checked
before it's turned in . . .

A first grade girl handed in this drawing for her homework assignment. The teacher graded it and the child brought it home. She returned to school the next day with the following note:

Dear Ms. Davis,

I want to be perfectly clear on my child's homework illustration. It is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint surrounded by male customers with money. I work at Home Depot and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snowstorm. This drawing is of me selling a shovel.

Sincerely, Mrs. Harrington