Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wedding Countdown

Here it is, just a couple more days until the wedding. I've been putting finishing touches on a few things.

Yesterday I finished up on the ring bearer pillow, the flower girl basket and all the bridesmaid bouquets. Last night I had to run out and get a little more satin ribbon though for the bridal bouquet. The mister and the younger boys needed  new ties and so we made it into an entire shopping trip. Got some groceries and everything. Just a little crazy...

Our daughter picked up what was done and took it along back to her house. She briefly mentioned that maybe we should do weddings as a side business. I probably shouldn't comment on how the rest of the conversation went. Actually I said something like, "No thanks, I like to see the dining room table once in awhile."

There's different kinds of people. Some would have had more of this done already and some of us work better under pressure. Maybe you can guess where I stand...

When we went shopping for my dress, I bought two. I had in mind which one I thought I'd wear, and now I've been down voted. Everyone else thinks I look better in the one I didn't pick.

I don't get it, but I'm not a girly girl and don't even pretend to know anything about fashion. It's actually a dress that I got on clearance so cheap I almost thought it was too impossible to be true. I'm not sure if I bought it because I'm a cheapskate at heart, or if I thought it had possibilities. At any rate, I think it's the one I'm going to be wearing!

And then there's this thing about painting my nails and even toenails.  I weave baskets, work in the garden, do dishes and clip my nails so short there's nothing to paint. As far as toe nails, who does that?

In all the craziness we've been getting some green beans from our garden with zucchini and some little cucumbers right around the corner. Love the fresh garden stuff!

I was creating some fun graphic things for the wedding reception and also put together this recipe card. Feel free to copy and use it for your personal use.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Busy Week Ahead

Monday: We're at wedding week now and counting down. It's warm, humid and I'm sure it's going to get a little hectic.

It was a beautiful Sunday. After church our second oldest son, who lives just a short distance away, came over for dinner. We had some veggies from the garden, which included some of our first fresh green beans. Mmmm.

Our oldest daughter is expecting her fourth child any time, and so we plan to go up and get her boys on Thursday so her oldest can be the ring bearer and she can get the rest she needs.

I got two long walks in today. One in the morning and one in the evening. Felt good and I have a little more energy when I get some exercise.

Tuesday: Last night I painted the flower girl basket a bright white with Krylon Cover Max. No, I'm not advertising for Krylon, but just an FYI, it does cover well if you want to update household items. I may give it another quick coat today, but overall it looks good.

Yesterday I discovered that I had a couple mangoes in the frig that I nearly forgot about so we had some mango chicken last night for supper. I never made it before and I sort of invented my own recipe after looking at a few online. It was a big hit and I'm sure I'll be making it again.

I'm really glad to have my herb garden this year because I've been using lots of fresh herbs in my cooking and it has really enriched the flavor of many of our meals.

It's pretty warm and humid and the mister thought we needed some air conditioning in the upstairs, so he put our window units in last night. Otherwise we usually tough it out. It's been so cool at night we haven't needed them. 

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wedding Flowers

Well, I'm not a florist but I'm in charge of flowers for the wedding party for our daughter's wedding. It's getting here entirely too fast!

It's a simple wedding, and she asked me to put together boutonnieres for the ushers and groomsmen. I'd taken a retail florist class once upon a time and thought "Sure, I can do this."

She wanted to use artificial flowers and I'd have to say that my first attempts were not the greatest. I decided I needed some better flowers. So the other night the mister and I went to Hobby Lobby and we did some shopping. Within 15 minutes of getting home I had fashioned one of these. So much better than my first attempts. And the bride is happy with them too, so all should be good.

Not sure what possessed me, but we bought a peacock feather while we were at Hobby Lobby because I saw this idea to do a feather boutonniere. Our youngest daughter just shook her head like I was out of this world or something. At the bridal shower, the grooms grandma started talking about using peacock feathers...What can I say?

So we're making progress. The roses were on sale and so the cost per boutonniere-about $2.50 each. Frugal wedding possible!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bible Study Note Sheet

Meditating on God's word is an important part of my life, and one of the things I like to do in my morning devotions is go to Bible Gateway to do a study on the verse of the day. It's not the only way I study, but it's one of the ways, and has been a very enriching way to study scripture. I also read the context, so each day I'm getting a much larger chunk than just the verse of the day. Sometimes I like to look back at my previous notebook pages to see what God has been teaching me through the weeks and beyond.

I usually do this on loose leaf paper, but as of late I've been making some printables on the computer and quickly designed this Bible Study Sheet. I thought it was a little brighter than my loose leaf and so I'll give it a try.  I thought I'd share it here with you.

It's beautiful here and I hope it is where you are too! Have a great day!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a beautiful day yesterday. The humidity rolled in about mid morning and it turned out to be quite a warm day. But I think we've had the air conditioning on twice, so I can't complain too much.

Today was a day of running here and there and not being home much. I also feel the pressure of wedding plans closing in, and still quite a bit to do. At least I was able to get a good one hour workout in today and that always helps relieve some of the stress.

In the end, two of our teens needed a ride to play volleyball with a group of friends, so it was Take and Bake Pizza night. Sometimes it just works out that way.

But I think I have the menu plan for the rest of the week. One of our local stores has some great specials, so I couldn't help planning around them a little. We eat sort of slim for suppers and the mister and I eat along the lines of a paleo meal plan, so while it may not look real well rounded, usually I have a few extras to throw in like melon, raw veggies, or a surprise dessert for the kids.

Tue-BLT sandwiches
Wed-Pork Tenderloin and glazed baby carrots
Thur-Burgers and cucumber salad
(I'm going to a birthday party, so hopefully this makes it easier on Mister)
Fri-Ham and pineapple Pizza Subs
Sat-Potato crusted chicken fingers, broccoli
Sun-Greek meatballs, green beans, fruit salad

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Weekend Recap

I was outside working in the yard and my husband chased me away, telling me I work too hard and I needed to go in and take a break. So I guess I'm taking a break.

I hope you are having a great weekend. We had a quiet, but nice family July 4th celebration yesterday and are blessed and very thankful to be able to live in this great country of ours.

My husband and I were engaged to be married on July 4th, 31 years ago; another great reason to celebrate.

The girls had to work yesterday, so I was surrounded by all the guys. One thing I wanted to accomplish was to paint some shelves that we are going to put up in our kitchen and so that's done. I'm almost finished with the bathroom painting project, except for above the shower surround, so I was able to get that primed yesterday. For supper we kicked back and had a cookout. It was a much needed and wonderful family time spent together.

For the evening we drove up to a little town, met some friends of ours there, and watched a great fireworks display. It was a beautiful night, so when we got home we had a fire in the fire pit and roasted some marshmallows. Nice end to a lovely day!

It's been busy around here and I've had to shift gears and change plans a few times. We had to get cherries in the freezer, the garden and yard always seem to need some sort of attention and I've been working on things for my daughter's bridal shower and wedding. Our youngest daughter also wanted to do some sewing, and we worked on some projects together this week.

In the evenings when I'm not outside, I like to crochet, and I made my first ever baby sweater. I finally have the buttons. Although I envisioned something a little different, they are cute and I hope to get them on later today. The pattern is the Baby It's Cold Outside pattern from here.

Now that it's been a little cooler, I may try to bake something for Sunday lunch. I recently tried this recipe for Poppy Seed Cake and everyone really liked it. Lemon extract gives it that little-bit-of-summer taste.
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 T. lemon extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup poppy seed
Cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Mix well. Stir in poppy seeds. Bake in greased 13 X 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Also works in tube pan, 40-45 minutes.
Just a note: Since I've baked many of my regular recipes with gluten free flour, I'll often try them with various flour mixes. With Namaste this recipe was good, but had more of a "bar" than a cake texture.  
I hope you all have a blessed and worshipful Lord's Day. See you next week!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Summer gets entirely too relaxed sometimes, and it seems that we get all too busy doing yard work or something and then...where did the day go?

We needed to get back on track with menu planning. Since we have work schedules that can vary unexpectedly, I decided to use the stove for minimal work and put the crockpots to work. Since it's been so humid here, it helps keep the kitchen cooler too.

I try to get everyone's input, but it can be tough. One of the kids wanted lasagna. Somehow I couldn't see doing lasagna in the heat of summer. When you're 15, going through a growth spurt and food seems to be going into the bottomless pit, maybe lasagna does sound good!

Monday-BBQ Chicken Legs and Sweet Potatoes
Tuesday-Taco Tueday
Wednesday- BBQ Pork Sandwiches and Raw Veggies
Thursday- Thrifty Thursday with Cowboy Bean Casserole and Garden Greens
Friday- Independence Day! Brats or burgers on the grill, fruit salad
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Beef Stew

Somewhere in here I may make a cherry dessert with homegrown cherries!