Friday, July 30, 2010

Flashback Friday

This picture is another one of my sister and me that cracks me up! 
(Wonder how many pictures we took on that porch?) 
We are standing on our front porch during the short time 
that our house was painted this color-
because my mother let the two of us choose what color it should be.
And man, it was BRIGHT.  Seriously bright. 

Based on the date, we are three and six years old. 
It looks like I have an evil grin on my face- 
like I've done something sneaky or wrong.

And my sister looks like she is telling on me, saying
"Mom, she....".

But of course I'm sure that's not what happened. 
Because I never once did anything mean to her. :) 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Wish.....

-that people would think about others more than themselves
-that losing weight was as easy as gaining it (wouldn't that be cool?)
-that Dory lived next door (or even down the street)
-that people were less judgmental
-that Madison was home (she's at her Dad's and Granny's and I miss her)
-that I could be less selfish and more selfless
-that cookies had no calories
-that people would try to be the friend they want to have
-that I had about 12 more hours in each day so I could do everything I want to do for others
-that people would follow rules!!!
-that I could do more to comfort those I love who are struggling and hurting
-that I had enough time and energy and money to do all the projects I would like to do
-that I could talk to my mom one more time
-that I could go to Hawaii tomorrow
-that my dogs did not shed

And you?
What do you wish today?

Week 30- Hiding God's Word in Your Heart

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Morning Question of the Day

How many US states have you visited?

If you could choose the next one to visit, which would you choose and why?

I've only been to 14 different states
and if I could choose one to visit right now it would be New York 
or I'd wait till the fall and go to Maine. 

What about you?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Flashback Friday

I LOVE this picture of my sweet mother. 

I am guessing she was around 7 in this picture but there is
no date on it so I can't be sure. 

Until I found this picture I didn't know she even ever took dance.

Her cute little tutu is so sweet and I love the big bow in her hair. 
She was adorable! 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Morning Question of the Day

If you could pick just one household chore
(laundry, cleaning bathrooms, mopping, sweeping, etc)
 that you never had to do again, 
what would it be?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Flashback Friday

I'm wondering as I look at this picture of my sister and I, 
exactly how many Olan Mills photos we took over the years?

In this lovely photo, I was in either 7th or 8th grade 
which means my sister was in either 10th or 11th grade. 

 We both had some majorly feathered hair and 
I'm willing to bet we had used enough hairspray on our hair to 
make a new hole in the ozone layer.

My plaid wool skirt and button down pink shirt
 is missing only the polo sweater that 
I usually wore draped around my shoulders.
With the polo logo facing outward of course- 
so it could be seen by all. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday 13

13 Things I've Done This Week While Visiting Dory 

1. Went antique shopping and bought some fun new treasures

2. Sanded doors

3. Painted- with a roller, with a brush, & with spray paint

4. Attached hinges & door handles & doors

5. Bought $5 worth of mustaches and took pictures of us wearing them
 in the bathroom of Mr. Lucky's clinic.

6. Painted some more

7. Gone to Sonic once a day
 (or sweet Mr. Lucky has gone for me while we worked)

8. Went shopping in paint covered clothes and without makeup

9. Painted some more

10. Taken pictures- mostly with this super fun ShakeIt app

11. Laughed so hard my tummy hurt and I almost peed in my pants. 
(or maybe I did) 

12. And painted some more

13.  Wished Dory and I lived closer and dreaded leaving Sat. morning. 
It seriously stinks that we live so stinkin' far apart and makes me sad.
So very sad. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Where Old Panties Go to Die

Yesterday I figured out where old panties go to die.....
To the Fruit of the Loom Cemetery! 

In case you want to go visit, it's located at the corner of .........

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Morning Question of the Day

How much money would it take for you to be willing 
to shave your head into a mohawk 
and dye it purple for one month? 
(You would have to go about your everyday life during this time.)


Friday, July 9, 2010

Flashback Friday

This picture is from the Halloween 2000 when Madison was four
and I absolutely love it!
She was the cutest little flapper you ever did see! 

From the tip of her cute little feathered cap 
to the tip of her purple high heeled shoes- 
she was super cute!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cinnamon & Sugar Twists

When I saw this recipe on Babblings from Brooke,
 I knew I had to make them for my sweet toothed husband. 

They were very simple to make and super yummy! 
A great change from the traditional cinnamon roll and lots less messy to make!

2 pkg. yeast
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. warm water
1/3 c. nonfat dry milk
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
3 and 3/4 to 4 and 1/4 c. all purpose flour

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast and sugar over warm water. Stir with a wooden spoon until dissolved. Add dry milk, oil, salt, egg and 2 c. of the flour. Mix until well blended; about 3 minutes.  Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until no longer sticky; about 5 minutes.  Cover and let rest 15-20 minutes.

1 c. sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
¼ c. butter or margarine, softened

In a small bowl, stir together sugar, and cinnamon. Divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll out one half into a 16x12 inch rectangle. Spread 1 Tablespoon of softened butter, lengthwise, in a 4 inch wide strip, down the center of the rectangle. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of the sugar mix. Fold the rectangle lengthwise over the sugar from one side (basically you are folding it in thirds). Spread the top of this part with 1 Tablespoon of softened butter and sprinkle with ¼ cup of the sugar mix. Fold the remaining part of the rectangle over the sugar. Pinch the seam to seal the edge. Cut the folded rectangle crosswise into 16 strips. Twist each strip twice. Place on a greased baking sheet. Repeat steps with the remaining dough, butter and sugar. Cover and let rise until doubled; about 45 minutes. Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes. Immediately remove from baking sheets. Serve warm.

Maple Frosting:
1 bag Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
½ cups Milk
¼ cups Melted Butter
⅛ teaspoons salt

For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday Morning Question of the Day

Today's question is one I found on the fun site That's My Answer. 

Let’s say that there was a subtext floating above your head 
to give others a general idea what to expect when dealing with you, 
what would it say?

Oh my, can you imagine?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

They fight for us.........

.........and we are so blessed because of it. 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Flashback Friday

People tell me all the time that Madison looks just like me- 
and honestly I just don't see it. 
(Just like the fact that my entire life people always told me I looked
 just like my mother and I don't see that either.)

But sometimes I'll come across of picture of me as a child
and I'll look at it and think....
Hey, that looks just like Madison
and this is one of those pictures. 

I love this sweet picture- 
from my super cute pigtails and white bows,
to the jumper that my mom made for me to wear,
to my grandmother's knee (in her snazzy white pants) in the background.

How do know it's my grandmother's knee? 
I just do.  Would bet money on it.
You don't think you would recognize your grandmother's knee?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

$10 Lamp- from Blah to Fab

Earlier this spring my sweet friend Donna was selling some things 
as she prepared to move.  
I loved this old lamp that was her grandmothers.  
I thought it was cute so I paid the rock bottom price of $5 and
 put it in the closet in my guest room
 thinking I'd tackle it sometime this summer. 

So a few weeks ago I pulled it out and decided that 
I might like it silver instead of gold. 
So I cleaned it up a bit, grabbed some silver paint and a brush. 
 After about 10 coats, I was done. 

It was better but still not what I wanted. 

So I employed the fabulous spray painting skills of my sweet hubby
and asked him to take it apart and paint it black. 

He did and I loved it! 

I then decided I needed a cute shade.
But since I had only paid $5 for the lamp, 
I did not want to spend a bunch for a shade. 

So I went to Goodwill where I found a brand new 
super cute brown paper shade for only $2.99.

I came home and put it on my new black lamp and it was perfect! 

I also grabbed some of my paper posies and
 clipped them on thinking they might be a cute embellishment. 
They were cute- but still not exactly what I wanted. 

I began this little project not knowing where I wanted to put this lamp. 
After seeing it black I decided it would be super cute in my office- 
and would be a great reminder of my sweet friend Donna each day. 
(who I am going to miss like crazy!)

So I decided I needed to change the shade to make it match 
my black and off white color scheme. 
So out came the ivory spray paint and the brown shade turned into an ivory one. 

I still wanted a little something to dress it up so...
I ran down to Hobby Lobby and got some black ribbon for about $2. 
I folded and pinned it and sewed a ruffle of sorts. 

I hot glued it on the bottom of the shade 
and my cute little lamp is finished and at home in my office.
For only $10 I have a lamp that went from blah to fab! 

Beyond The Picket Fence