Wednesday, May 13, 2015

sick days

We had a wonderful time at the beach, but we all came back with...BRONCHITIS! So life around our house right now looks like this picture. Lots of trips to the pharmacy, plenty of fluids and a ridiculous amount of sleep. 

That's actually pickle juice in my dosage cup there.  I have a love/hate relationship that goes way back with cough syrup and I need a chaser that truly removes all traces of it from my palate. I'm telling you, pickle juice does the trick!!!

I'll be back on next week with a post about our trip and some new ideas and recipes for Memorial Day. 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

five on friday

Hooray for Friday. We're having a great thunderstorm this morning. Nothing like a rainy spring morning with thunder and lightening. Let's jump right in to Five on Friday.

1. I fell in LOVE with a fabric from Calico Corners two years ago...Alexander Indigo. I seriously never quit thinking about that fabric and kept my much-loved sample in my dresser. Imagine my surprise a last week when I saw that Pine Cone Hill had that very fabric available in curtains AND bedding under the name of India Ink. I needed 8 curtain panels which was a little expensive at $110 per panel. But it must have been meant to be because a few days later, they showed up in the outlet - 50% off. I cannot wait to get my spring cleaning done and get these hung up. 

2. We have some of our sister prints back in stock. Let me know if you're interested. Digital files are $10 each. I also have a few matted copies I can send out via priority mail.  I  have a few more versions available, including a subway-style print. Look for those on Instagram later today - I'm Toniathc.

3. I've been buying Landon's spring and summer clothes. My pajama addiction is still going strong. Can't wait til these arrive. We call him our little monkey and he loves camping, so I couldn't pass these up. 

4. Mike loves Italian Sausage and Peppers. I make a one pot version myself,  but saw this quick recipe from Yellow Bliss Road on Pinterest.  I've added it to our menu for Monday. I think it will be a hit, even without the peppers and onions. 

5. As much as I hate to admit it, I've started having dark circles under my eyes. I guess it just comes with age. I got this concealer to try and I really like it. It definitely hides the circles and doesn't cake up or fade away to quickly. I rub my eyes A LOT from my allergies, so staying power is a definite must.

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

amish custard

Easter is only a few days away so I'm making plans for what I'll be contributing. My sister hosts our family dinner and I always bring a side dish and dessert. For my dessert I'm making a treat called Amish Custard (we'll talk about the other dish later). It's not really a custard, so I'm not sure how it got its name. I've seen it in Pinterest with a few different names. But since I love all things Amish, let's stick with that. The end result is a delicious blend of sweetened cream cheese & chocolate on a flaky pecan crust. There's never any left over, so sometimes I make two to be sure Mike and Landon have some to eat at home. A mama has to take care of her boys!

Amish Custard
1 c. flour
1 stick butter 
1 c. chopped pecans
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. Cool Whip 
Instant chocolate pudding 

Melt butter, add flour and pecans. Spread mixture in bottom of 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool. Make pudding according to directions on box. Mix cream cheese & powdered sugar, add Cool Whip & stir until blended well. Spread cream cheese mixture onto cooled crust, followed by chocolate pudding. Top with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle with chopped pecans. 

Happy Easter! Jesus lives & because He was victorious over sin & death, we too can be.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

five on friday

Finally, it's Friday!!  We've had some nice weather this week, but we're back in winter-mode today and tomorrow. In anticipation of the warmer days ahead, I'm kicking off my Five on Friday with a delicious smoothie. Let's go...

1. My mom got me a Magic Bullet recently so I'm ready to start making smoothies. How good does this look?! Pineapple Upside Down Cake is my absolute favorite and I cannot wait to try it out in a smoothie form. Amy, if you're reading today, notice I mentioned my favorite cake and that my birthday is coming up. *wink

2. I love the Hallmark Channel and I'm really looking forward to this movie coming up on April 4th. The books are wonderful and I think Candace Cameron-Bure will do a great job. It's the first in a series of movies.

3. We are in desperate need of a new vacuum. I've been holding off but our old one just doesn't pick up well any more. I've got my eye on this Shark and think I'll order it soon. I love sitting back and admiring a clean house, complete with fresh vacuum lines.

4. We LOVE the Dumb & Dumber movies. We didn't get to go to the theater to see Dumb & Dumber To when it was released, but we have plans to watch it Saturday evening once Landon is asleep. We laughed like crazy just watching the trailer, so I know we'll love the movie.

5. We always play a new game on our annual family beach trip, which cannot come soon enough! I picked Jelly Belly Bean Boozled for this year. HOW am I just now hearing about this?! I actually found out about it on Instagram from @candacecbure. That green jelly bean may taste like lime or it may taste like skunk. This will be so much fun...or maybe not. We'll see. Ha

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter Videos for Kids

Landon has had lots of questions about Easter this year, wanting to know more about why Jesus died for us and how we'll all live in Heaven some day. He actually brought me to tears when he looked up at me with tears in his own beautiful eyes and said "But I'm not ready for you to go to Heaven yet!". Oh, my sweet, sweet boy!  But what a comfort it is to know that even though we all leave this earth at different times, we have the promise that we'll all be together in Heaven. 

I have several books for Landon that tell the Easter story (this is my favorite), but this year I thought a video might be good too. This one from Amazon is great and I think it's on YouTube as well. We've also found several videos on YouTube that tell the story of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, another of Landons' favorites lately. It's great to see him watch his favorite bible stories come to life. If you have DirecTV,  you can watch YouTube right on your TV - just go to menu - settings - extras. 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Hippity Hoppity...Easter's on its way...

 Easter is only two weeks away now. Here's a few things that have caught my eye this season.

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Carrot-Shaped Cheeseball -  This is perfect for an Easter brunch. Simple to make but so festive!

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Easter Bunny Canvas - How cute is this? I love clean artwork and this looks like  

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Ombre Easter Eggs - I LOVE  anything ombre. I think I'll do these while Landon is in school and still let him do his fun, crazy colors.

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Easter Egg Tree - Oh, I would so love to do this. We have a tree in our back yard that I think I'll put some eggs on. Nowhere near this many, but it's just so pretty.

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Easter Dessert - My mom is the queen of pumpkin rolls. I'm hoping she'll make this carrot-cake version for Easter. I'll let you know if she does. 

What are you planning for Easter?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

five on friday

Happy Spring! And hooray for Friday. I'm linking up again for Five on Friday this week. Here we go...

1. I'm not much of a wine drinker and really don't know that much about wine except for what I like to cook with. I did pick up a bottle of Barefoot moscato at the suggestion of a friend and I have to say I enjoyed it. If you're new to wine, this is a great one to start with.

2. We have barbecue chicken every week. It's one of Mike's favorite meals and Landon likes it too. Sunday I'm going to try out the Pioneer Woman's Peach Whiskey Barbecue Chicken just to shake things up a bit. I'll let you know how it turns out.
3. We haven't had a coffee table in the living room since Landon started crawling. Our old one was long and wide with sharp, heavy corners - not the best for little ones on the move. We're finally ready to add a table back and I have my eye on this round one from Overstock. The price is right and I like the classic finish and style. I like this one too. 

4. I never knew a simple smiley face would keep me awake at nights... My sister convinced me to get Trivia Crack and it's addictive guys! I try not to play on the iPad until Landon is down for the night and then I have to catch up on all the games I have going. My mom, sister, brother-in-law and husband all play, so it takes me a while to catch up. Besides Two Dots, it's the only game I play so I guess that's not too bad. 


5. I'm so excited for this book to come out! I've loved reading every book Laura Fitzgerald has written and I'm sure this one will not disappoint. I actually won a contest Laura hosted after she wrote her first book, Veil of Roses.  Imagine my surprise when my phone rang and it was Laura herself calling me. I was so flustered but she was so nice.  And that's my little story about my brush with celebrity. 

Have a great weekend!

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