Sunday, April 29, 2018

Monday Make Itz


It seems that Mother Nature has mixed up the seasons.
Hopes of  moving rocks has
been put on hold until warmer weather--
very windy and cold today.

Here are a few pictures to share,
along with an awesome story that
goes along with the concrete block.

Rocks and landscape fabric removed. This will be put back into grass. 

A corner finished. Rocks replaced. Plants that will spread have been planted in the areas between the rocks. 

The story behind the blocks:

Concrete Block made at Architecture Camp. 

When my youngest was in Middle School, he applied for and was awarded a scholarship
to Architecture camp at a nearby university. 
One of the camp projects was to work with concrete by designing and making a block. 
He attended this camp 4 years, but sadly only 3 blocks made it home. 
His last camp, the southern part of the state was hit by an unbelievable storm 
so he and his sister rushed home to help with the clean up. 
In doing so, the last block was not able to be retrieved. 

Youngest went on to attend this college for undergrad and graduate work.
While attending classes and after graduations, 
he worked at this college while taking the series of 
tests to become a licensed architect with his own seal. 
Needless to say, this is quite an accomplishment. 

The 3 concrete blocks will have a place of honor in this Proud Mom's 
new garden. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday Treatz


Cauliflower is all the rage now, here is an oldie but goodie recipe
for a delicious make ahead salad.
Even those who aren't cauliflower fans will like it.

1 large head cauliflower, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped--optional (I rarely put this in)
Chopped cooked bacon, or bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or experiment with other cheeses)
Other optional add-ins: chopped celery, chopped hard boiled eggs, chopped broccoli
I cup Mayonaise and 1/4 cup sugar mixed together

1. Mix mayo and sugar together first to let it blend before adding.
2. Place all other ingredients in a large bowl so there is room to mix.
3. Pour mayo mixture over, stir until well blended.
4. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving, or even overnight.
5. If mixture seems dry, add a bit more mayo before serving.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


It might be wise to take along a translation book of sayings next visit
to a different part of the country. Each area has its own
way of saying the same thing.

For Example---In the south, when someone asks you if you want a 'COKE'--you
then ask what kind do they have, since all soft fizzy drinks are considered 'cokes'.
In other areas it would called a soft drink, soda, soda pop, or just pop.

BLESS YOUR HEART--This has many meanings in the south,
depending on who/what it is being directed to, and what is being talked about.
It's usually a compliment.

DECENT--In the south this means a good person. In other areas of the country it may mean being dressed.

it means "I'm not telling you." Another one is "Keep your nose in your own trough!"

Growing up we had an elderly grandma who spent many hours in her rocking chair on her porch.
Visiting with her, if you told her something that surprised her--she would say "LAW!!!" It took me many years to decipher that she was saying----"LORD!".

COVERED DISH DINNERS--This has many names--Lunch on the Church Lawn, Pitch-In, Pot-Lucks, Bring your own food.

TIP---It is always good to clarify before proceeding!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Tomorrow, April 21, is fee free entrance day at 
National Parks. 

click below for more info

National Park Service

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Recipe Update!

I tried the Hot Dog Spaghetti! 
Surprisingly delicious! 
I used a Kroger brand of powdered tangy sketti sauce, 
so other brands would make the taste a bit different. 
Use your favorite. 

I also used the cut spaghetti, cooked it and 
added it in to simmer. 

Next time I plan to use the beef or angus hot dogs 
for a more gourmet taste!

This is a great kid friendly recipe, especially
if the sauce isn't too spicy! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Make Itz

SNOW? Seriously?

Mother Nature is making it difficult to make any
progress with the landscaping---
woke up to a snow shower this morning.
It isn't cold enough to stick or cause problems,
but seriously? It's April 16th!!!!!
It is too cold and blustery to be working outside.
Rumors of warmer weather making its way here.

I did pick up a pair of snazzy garden boots
for when the weather clears!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Freebeez


Ms. Cheap,from the Nashville newspaper,
shared this link of deals for seniors.

click here

Since deals can change daily--be sure to call the 
vendor to confirm the deal is still valid. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Treatz


Celebrate by making your favorite recipe!

My favorite way to make grilled cheese:
     Two slices of potato bread slathered with mayo or butter.
      Spread pimento cheese all over the unmayed side of one piece of bread.
      Top with other slice--with mayo side out.
      Grill in a Foreman type grill--if none available, use a non stick pan.
      When toasty brown, remove and add dill pickles and sliced maters.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Fixer Upper!

The landscaping off of the patio has been neglected 
for the past few years--due to 'life happenings'. 
Weather, family members' health challenges, 
life changes all contributed to a mess of weeds and sadness. 

I decided it was time to 'clean' it up. I started moving rocks as well as 
throwing away the dead ragged plants and landscape fabric. 
As I was cleaning out one bed, it reminded me of the 
popular show on HGTV--Fixer Upper. 
I  guess I have been living under the rock of the cable
world, because I just found this show this winter--just in time for 
it to end! LOL But, that means that all of the episodes are new to me as I watch
the team transform a mess into something worth living in. 
It's all rather fascinating--even though I have to remind myself
that Chip and Jo have a whole crew behind their plans, 
while I'm a do-it-herselfer. 

One rock at a time will transform my eyesore into 
an area to soothe the troubled soul. 
Patience, patience.

For more info on the show Fixer Upper,
go to:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


This is a tip I have shared before,
but it is always good to review. 
Break large cleaning tasks down into small 
amounts--address one pile, drawer, 
area a day--if this is done each day--
365 items will be addressed in a year!
Small tasks add up without getting 
overwhelmed or burned out. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Let's Make a Garden!

After having a rare snow shower in the south,
the sun is finally out! Rumors of 80 degree
weather the end of this week makes one
eager to start the garden!

Old Farmer's Almanac has a great website
with information about when to plant in a
specific area. Plug in the zip code where the
garden will be--and a veggie chart will pop up
for that zip code.

click here

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Cream Cheese Glaze

(Versatile glaze for any baked goods.)

2/3 cup confection's sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1-2 teaspoon lemon juice 

Whisk together first 4 ingredients. 
Add enough lemon juice until desired consistency.
Drizzle or spread over baked good. 


Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Make Itz


This easy to make craft idea reminded me of 
Dandelion seed pods!

Cotton Swab Flowers
Idea from Dollar Tree VSC

click here
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