Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tasty Temptations . . .

I have found many great recipes on Pinterest.  
I decided to make a couple of the finger foods
 for a jewelry party Kari hosted at our house Saturday night.

Sweet and Salty Treat

You can find the recipe here.

I used plain Hershey Kisses.
This is the ultimate temptation for me, a diabetic, 
to unwrap these little sweet nuggets without 
devouring every other one.

Confession #1 . . . I did eat one!  

Almost ready to go in the oven.

The treats were a hit!
Confession #2 . . . I ate one!
I sent the leftovers home with Kari.

Caramel Cheesecake Apple Dip

You can find the recipe here  
Instead of soaking the apples slices in lemon juice
I soaked them in diet Sprite for about 15 minutes,
Another tip I found on Pinterest.

Half was consumed by the quests, they loved it!
Confession #3 . . . I dipped a couple of slices in the creamy goodness!
Yep, you guessed it . . .
I sent the leftovers home with Kari.

Couldn't end this post without showing this picture of Ethan.

He absolutely loves football!
When I found this football hat at Target I knew I had
to buy it for him.  
He watched the OSU/Texas A&M game upstairs with 
the guys while the jewelry party was in progress.

I'm linking to. . .
Flaunt it Friday
Amaze Me Monday 
Savvy Seasons
Inspiration Friday

Monday, September 26, 2011

Random Monday Memories #21 . . .

Here we are, it's Monday again, time for me to share some memories.
Today's memory is about an historical place here in Oklahoma.  During the many years I taught 4th grade, our students were able to take a field trip to Perry, Oklahoma where they spent a day in a one-room school.  I always enjoyed sitting in the back of the room watching the students react to the schoolmarm and all the activities in the '1910' classroom.  Priceless memories.

Photograph of Rose Hill School

Rose Hill School

On the museum grounds stands Rose Hill School, a one-room country school built northeast of Perry in 1895. In schools like this one, students received their education from the first through the eighth grade. 

Rose Hill was moved to the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Museum in 1971. The school contains most of its original furnishings, including a cast-iron stove and wooden two-seater desks.

Photgraph of Interior of Rose Hill School

A Day at Rose Hill School

Rose Hill School is not only an exhibit of a traditional one-room schoolhouse from Oklahoma's early days, but also a place where children can learn what education was like when their great-grandparents went to school. Now, fourth grade students from all over the state come to Rose Hill School for an enlightening and educational experience of what life was like for young people who lived in 1910.

Dressed in period clothing and carrying makeshift syrup buckets containing their lunch, students participate in the living history program, "A Day at Rose Hill School." They pretend to travel back in time to become scholars attending one of Oklahoma's early one-room schools. Greeted at the door by a stern-looking school marm, the students file into the classroom and take their seats. During the day, the scholars have exercises in cursive writing, cyphering (arithmetic) with slateboards and chalk, and reading from McGuffey's readers. Scholars also study history, geography, do chores, and play games.

Wishing you a great start to a new week . . .

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekly Words To Live By #68 . . .

4 Things You Can't Recover

Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
Ecclesiastics 5: 2

Wishing you a Sunday filled with good things . . .

Friday, September 23, 2011

Finally Fall . . .

My favorite season is finally here!

Here are some of the reasons why I love this season.

Cozy & warming fireplaces. . .

Front doors to homes that invite you to come on in. . .

College football. . .

Candles in jars that smell like
apple & pumpkin pies. .

Autumn leaves & crisp air. . .

The Pumpkin Patch. . .

Thanksgiving and family gatherings. . .

Halloween, candy,
& trick or treating. . .

Happy Fall y'all!
Enjoy your first day of Autumn.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wreath Project . . .

I've been wanting to make a wreath using
 newspaper or coffee filters.
I have seen so many pictures and tutorials on blogs and Pinterest.
Yesterday I took the plunge and started creating.
However, I did not use newspaper or coffee filters.

 Last week this catalog from
Restoration Hardware arrived in the mail.
It is full of high priced items for the home.
Well, for my budget they're over priced.

The pictures are beautifully photographed.
I decided the page colors were perfect for my wreath project.

I started by gluing a piece of ribbon loop to the wreath.
This wreath is from Dollar Tree, the ribbon from my ribbon stash.

After tearing out pages I folded two pages in half
then tore them apart.

Then I folded the halves and tore again. 
I found out that folding 2 pages together makes tearing easier,
and the edges are less jagged.

Next, I scrunched up a piece of paper and applied
some hot glue.

Hold the paper in place for a few seconds.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that I added a piece of brown ribbon 
as accent to the cream ribbon.

It's starting to look like a wreath.

It looks finished, but this is just the first layer.

Now, I started on the outside layer.
To make the process easier I started using
the eraser end of a pencil to poke in the paper.

This ensures not burning my fingers.
The last step is filling in any empty inner spaces to give the
wreath a full look.

Finished wreath.
Notice I changed the ribbon.
I decided to hang it on the shelf in my guestroom bath.

Not bad . . .
I'm pleased with the project.
After looking at this picture I'll probably
redo the brown ribbon.

Next time I'll try a coffee filter wreath.

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday . . .

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 @ Beneath My Heart
Best DIY Projects of September

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Little More Fall Fluffing . . .

Happy Monday to you all!
Thank you for stopping by to share a little of your day with me.

I know, MORE fall fluffing? ! ?

I added a few more autumn touches to the house on Friday.

While I was organizing the box that contains fall faux flowers 
and ribbon I decided to add this bow to the front door wreath.
It's a little wrinkled, but I think it looks good.

  I redid this grapevine wreath using bits and pieces 
of flowers, greenery, gourds and pumpkins.
I'm proud to say I didn't burn any fingers while
using the glue gun.
Why am I so proud?
Well, it has been quite awhile since I've done
any crafting with hot glue.

This Sears Craftsman glue gun is at least 25 years old.
Can you tell it has been well used?

Here are a few more last additions to 
fall fluffing 2011.
 I stuck this little scarecrow in this geranium plant.
I'm still waiting to see if it will bloom again.
It barely survived the summer.

I love this antique quilt that belonged to hubby's mother.

Okay, I promise not to show anymore fall decor until
October when I add Halloween bling.

Wishing you a marvelous Monday . . .


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekly Words To Live By #67 . . .

And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
So don't be troubled or afraid.
I am leaving you with a gift-
peace of mind and heart.

John 14:27

Wishing you a Sunday full of rest and calm . . .

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Fluffing 2011 . . .

Yesterday, I got down to business and finished decorating 
for the arrival of Autumn.

Fall Fluffing

Entry Way

Dining Room


Living Room 

In October I'll be adding Halloween bling.

It's a cloudy, cool day here in northeastern Oklahoma.
Fall is definitely in the air!

Wishing you a great Thursday . . .

 Liz for her party . . .
SavvySeasons.com Autumn Arrives Party

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Fluffing Has Begun . . .

Yesterday I started fall fluffing the house.
I'm excited to decorate for the new season
 that is fast approaching. 

Hubby helped me drag out things from the attic.
Disclaimer . . . this does not include
 Halloween or Thanksgiving items.
I admit it . . .
 I own a lot of seasonal decorating stuff.
I can't help it!  
I enjoy and love decking the halls with pretties for each season.

Something new for this season are
window clings from Hobby Lobby.

Mr. Scarecrow is ready to find out where 
he'll be hanging out.

Lots of pumpkins to place around the house.

The wreath is on the front door.

Now, I've got to get my creative juices flowing and finish the fluffing.

Come back soon to see!

Wishing you a motivated Monday . . .

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Weekly Words To Live By #66 . . .

A day that changed us all.

Wishing you a Sunday full of love . . .

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Show and Tell . . .

Happy Friday to you all!

I've been busy this week not doing much of anything.
I think I have "Fall Fever"!
Two weeks from today Autumn arrives.
This weekend I'll be decorating for the new season.

The weather is glorious!
Hubby and I spent some time on the deck this morning
drinking coffee and reading the paper.
Lots of birds were singing and squirrels were talking to each other.

Now for the Friday Show and Tell. . .

I took these pictures this morning while enjoying time on the deck.

My ferns have survived the boiling hot summer.

Meet my chippy reading elf.
My parents gave him to me after vacationing in the Ozarks
back in the early 70s.
He has survived years of exposure to Oklahoma weather.
He was beheaded several years ago when our dog
knocked him over.  
I fixed him up and spray painted him white.
He's all chippy now.
I think I'll keep him that way.
He looks worn and wise.

I just realized I've never given him a name.
Any suggestions?

Wishing you a fabulous Friday . . .