Friday, August 22, 2014

Historic Homes

Where's my big girl camera when I need it? Really?!! Even my point and shoot would have been welcomed.

Hubby and I took off on an adventure and it led us to Muskegon, Michigan.  We went to a little festival called Taste of Muskegon. Area restaurants had small dishes of their signature menu items to sample. Admission was free, and you purchased tickets to buy sample dishes of the various foods. There was a nice assortment of restaurants, beers, and wine. It was a nice setup, with plenty of picnic tables, areas to walk, benches, port-a-potties, music, and there was even an area with about 8 sets of Cornhole (or Baggo) boards and bags setup. We had a great time, and I would go again. However, the festival turned out to be the opening act.

Monday, June 16, 2014

End of School Year Teacher Gifts

The school year has ended. Time really seems to fly when the family is so busy and going in different directions. Maybe this summer will be a time of relaxation and new beginnings.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Coordinating Thank You Notes

Thank you notes seem to have dropped off by the way side. That hand written note expressing one's appreciation for something often seems to be replaced by an e-mail, text, or phone call. That is if it's remembered at all. Hand written notes are so personal, and such a nice touch.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thanks For Your "Thyme"

The DIY plant markers that I made for end of the school year teacher appreciation gifts were so darn cute that I just couldn't let them be given without including a plant. I'm horrible when it comes to these types of decisions. Is the gift okay? Or does it need something else? Seems I always go with the "something else". Oh well. That's just how I work.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Baby Shower Favor To Teacher Appreciation Gift

Morning all. I must start with a confession. This gift I'm sharing with you is kind of a cheat. I know. I know. How could I do such a thing? Very easily in this particular case.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Plant Markers

The end of the school year has rolled around….again….and very quickly. It's caught me a little off guard this time, even though I was "sooooooo ahead of the game this time". That's the snarky little voice in my head that makes me think I'm actually organized. It lies! It lies!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

Do you love caramel apples with peanuts? Oh, and a little chocolate? Oh, and some cool whippy pudding? Yes, yes, and yes? Great! This little concoction of a "salad" is very awesome, and very easy. This was the third super easy and simple recipe that I tried on Memorial Day. The other two were Feta Dip and Grilled Asparagus. Both were delicious. Today's bit of deliciousness is a dessert. A friend up north often makes a version of this for get togethers. The other day I found out why. It's super easy.

Again, no foodie pics were taken on Memorial Day, therefore the pics you see are not mine, but there is a link back to their original source. This recipe is from Lindsay at her Potpourri Mommy blog. Please show her some love for the amazing recipe. My notes are in blue text.

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

* 3 apples (I used four apples and a mixture of sweet and slightly tart)
* 12 fun size Snickers or 6 full size Snickers (I scoured the house for more…use more)
* 1 cup milk
* 1 large package vanilla instant pudding (not made)
* 1 16 oz. Cool Whip (I like a little less cool whip in mine) (it's a lot of whip, maybe that's why I added extra apples and snickers)

Mix milk and pudding in a large bowl.  Add cool whip.  Cut the Snickers and apples into small pieces and add to the mixture.  

This dessert is best if you make it close to when it is being served.  I wouldn't recommend making it the night before. (the apples add too much moisture to serve the following day. Definitely a make and eat the same day dish. A couple of hours ahead is good, as it gives the pudding and cool whip time to set a bit.)

I happened to have shaved chocolate on hand, so I use it as a garnish. Very pretty. The dessert is easy, quick, no-bake, and delicious. Another keeper.

Thanks for visiting. Now go tend to your garden.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Grilled Asparagus

 Great Grilled Asparagus

It's that time of year. There is an abundance of fresh asparagus to be had. If you like asparagus, this probably makes you very happy. It makes me happy too.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Feta Dip

Morning all. I know it's been a while, but we've been busy, busy, busy. Hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day!! Mine? It was wonderful, but not so relaxing to begin with.  Hubby and I had lots of family and friends over for a BBQ/Cook out. And the difference between the 2 is what?………….Well, that was not a retorhical question, I was waiting for an answer. Oh well. That's what the Internet is for, information.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ye Olde Clock

You ever had a nice clock that you just didn't like? Amazingly enough, I have. Strange. My family is becoming aware of an odd tendency that I have to make sure there is a clock….well pretty much where ever you look.