Sunday, March 1, 2015

Caught My Eye

Have you seen the new GREEN cokes?
I'm mean, literally, green!

Wild Bill and I used to love Coke.
I mean, only Coke. Or Diet Coke.
We broke ourselves from the habit last year.
Now, we seldom drink soda. But, when we saw
these green cokes at Target the other day, we had
to stop and read the label.

60 calories
16 carbs
Sweetened with cane sugar and Stevia.
No high fructose corn sugar
(we avoid HFCS like crazy)
Once we read the label, you know we had
to try a 6-pack.
Tastes like the wonderful original Cokes.

If you're still drinking sodas, I recommend
the new green Coke.

Just letting you know about this product.
No payment received for the exposure.

Thanks for dropping by!

Let me know what you think of it if
you've tried it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Iced In...Texas Style

About once a year we get iced in.
It's a Texas thing.

When snow comes down it's wet here.
The snow is wet I mean.

Some places I've lived the snow is drier.
But here, the snow is wet and when the sun
comes out it starts to melt the snow, then it gets
cold again and the melted snow turns to ice. 

More snow, more melt, then more freeze,
so...more ice!

Last Sunday the snow/freeze/ice thing started
in the afternoon. We've been iced in for 2 days.
No one went anywhere.

Finally this afternoon the big thaw started and
we were able to get out of our driveway. YAY!

I didn't go outside this time to take pictures,
but here's a picture from Dec 2013:
We were iced in for 4 days back then.

I know people in Boston with their big banks of
snow would laugh at us. But if you've ever tried to
walk or drive on a sheet of ice you'd understand.

Thanks for skidding dropping in!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Whole Food Your Face

Did you know that you can save a lot of money
on skin care products and improve your skin
and complexion by slathering on grease?

Well a nicer term is cooking oil, but I wanted
to get your attention. I know this sounds counter
intuitive, but it really has worked for me!
And if it works on me, it will work on anyone.

For 8 years, I've had a severe case of Rosacea.
Just a little salsa, just a little sip of wine, just a 
little bit of sunshine and my face breaks out in
bumps and stuff you don't want me to describe.
Then again, sometimes it even breaks out for
no reason at all.

I have been to six dermatologists over the years.
I have tried every product and skin care line,
every cream that burns like hell and costs a
small fortune (you name it, I've tried it)
and still my skin erupted all the time. 

For the last 2 months, I've gone "Whole Food"
on my face. At night, I slather organic coconut
oil on my face. I wear it into the shower and
use a warm wash cloth to gently remove the
coconut oil. 

When I get out of the shower, I smear organic
California brand olive oil all over my face, eyes,
lips, neck...well, you get the picture.

My skin is clear. My pores have shrunk.
The spider viens on my chin are disappearing.
I still get a bump or two at times, but I just put
some of either oil on it and it goes away. I've
stopped wearing foundation and now only wear
a tinted sunscreen daily.

I have to give credit to our oldest daughter, who got
us interested in the whole food lifestyle. Several years
ago Jenn lost over 100 pounds and has kept it off.
 She accomplished that by following a mostly Paleo and
 Primal lifestyle and getting off her butt more. We are
very proud of her, and I'll tell you about it some time.
But, for now, I want to stick with the skin issue.

One issue discussed on Paleo blogs and books is
the benefit to one's skin and complexion when you eat
less processed foods by sticking with whole foods and
eating more of the Omega 3 oils. If it works for the
inside of the body, it only makes sense that the
Omega 3 oils would be good for skin care too.

Interested in finding out more? Here's some resources:

Books On The Subject...

Great Posts On Subject:

Tinted Sunscreen I Use For Foundation,
Chemical Free:

I use to buy this tinted sunscreen from my
 dermatologist, but recently purchased it directly
via Amazon. It's $22 per tube, but lasts months.
I use it daily as my only foundation.

Thanks for dropping by today.

All recommendations are truly my own.
No one paid me or gave me any of these products.
This routine has worked for me. I hope you'll also
leave a comment if you have something that has
worked well for you.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Easy Cream Cheese Danish...Delish!

When I read Dee's blog post this morning, I knew
I would have to make her Cream Cheese Danish
recipe. Dee's blog is called Dressing Our Nest
and her recipe is so easy, even I succeeded on
the first try!
I did make a few changes to the recipe she posted.
First I added a squeese of lemon to the cream cheese
filling, then I sprinkled a few blackberries on top
 of the filling before closing it up. 
 This was really as easy as indicated in the original
post...and so good!
The recipe calls for Pillsbury crescent rolls,
softened cream cheese, a little bit of milk, one
egg, and some powdered sugar.

For the recipe and directions, go to Dee's blog.

Thank you Dee for posting this wonderful recipe.
And thank you all for dropping in today.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Looks Like White's Blog

I took a vow at the first of the year to stop
painting everything white.
Therein lies the problem...
I haven't painted a thing since.

I find myself looking at pins and stored photos
and of course everything is white.
I wander over to one of my favorite blogs:

Looks Like White

But, I have noticed lately she is actually using
more color and even has yellow and gray sections.

Here's what her blog used to look like before
she went to the dark colorful side.
 Looks Like White
 Looks Like White
 Looks Like White
 Looks Like White

Looks Like White

Every time I look at one of these pictures,
I think "Dang, I could paint ___ white."

I really am trying to think up another color.
Meanwhile, finding me dreaming at

Friday, January 30, 2015

American Sniper...Don't Miss It

We saw American Sniper yesterday.

Despite all the Hollywood snipes being taken
against it, we were happy we saw it. And proud
of our military who risk, and lose, their lives
every day in the war zones.

My grandmother used to say about war:
"It's a rich man's war but a poor man's fight"
No truer words can be spoken about war in
general and this movie certainly makes it clear.

When you see the movie, be sure to stay until
the very, very end. It's not to be missed.

Don't wait for the video, this is one movie
I can't imagine not seeing on the big screen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Hero To Be

Sitting in Texas with the temperature near 70,
it's hard to imagine what the people in the
Northeast area of the country are going through.

I'm posting this picture to cheer you up a
little and let you know there's one little boy
in Illinois who will someday be available
to rescue you.
Batman, fireman, Thomas the Train...
all rolled up into one little hunk of cute.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Hope this cheers you up a little!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Featured At Mrs. Olson's "Share Your Cup" Party

I'm thrilled Jaysa's closet was featured over at
Mrs. Olson's Share Your Cup party today!
Last week, I posted about our trip to help with
the closet's mini renovation.

Here's my "I was featured" pin.

Since my last post, Jaysa has been looking for
material to create a padded top for the bench.

She's also planning to paint the bench with Behr's
Swiss Coffee to match the white trim and said she
painted the walls outside of the closet Hale Navy too.

One tip I wanted to relay...
paint your boards before you put them on the wall!
Jaysa and I wanted to do that, but Wild Bill talked
us into doing it after he attached them to the wall.
We knew better! 
It made painting them so much harder.

You can be sure Jaysa painted the shelf before
it went up. So much easier.
(I'm sure he thought he could convince her to let him stain them)

Be sure to hop over to Mrs Olson's party and see
the other projects she featured in tonight's party.

Thanks for dropping in!

Friday, January 16, 2015

What We Did On Break

The day after Christmas, we drove up to
Illinois (14 hours) to spend some time with our
middle daughter's family and help them
renovate their heavily used coat closet.
This isn't actually the real "before" as Jaysa and 
Mike had already removed the folding doors and
moved all the winter coats to another closet.

The picture below shows how far we got before
we had to come back home. We call this phase one
as we plan to finish the bottom half next trip up.
We took this old bench up for them to use
temporarily until we can build in a full bench
with room below for more baskets.

Here's some pictures of the work in progress:
 Painting in a small space is always a challenge.

It got even more crowded when Superman
(almost 5) decided to lend us his superpowers
by helping us paint. He soon lost interest after
just 10 minutes of helping put on the second coat.
 Lucky for us, his little sister (18 months) was way
too busy running down the hallway the other way.

 Thankfully, she wasn't that interested
in the work going on at the opposite end!
 Wild Bill (AKA Grampy) installed a
wide board on the top for adult coats and a 
smaller one on bottom for the kid's.
  Above the adult's board, Grampy installed a
shelf wide enough to hold baskets. There was a
gap between them, so we decided to add
some trim to cover the gap.

We weren't able to bring all the tools and
saws we needed to do a perfect job, but
we found we could depend on Lowes and
Home Depot to do basic cuts for us.
 Luckily, Grampy brought his power drill as
Jaysa's wasn't strong enough to install the hooks.
He gave Jaysa a quick lesson on controlling
the speed, and she installed the hooks where
she wanted them.

When Grampy saw this next picture he
thought Jaysa looked really determined to
get those screws in and under his breath
he said "straight in Jaysa, straight in."

  Are you wondering why we didn't paint
everything before putting up the hooks?
 Well...snow and ice was forecasted and we
needed to leave early. In fact, it started
snowing as the hooks were being installed.
 Little Livvie stopped running long enough
to model her hook...
 Here's a shot of the trim all painted.
Lowe's didn't have enough hooks for the sides
of the closet so Jaysa is waiting on them.
On our next trip, we plan to help Jaysa add
more trim at the bottom and top of the boards,
along with building in a permanent bench.

Our daughter seems to have a problem
picking paint colors just like her mama!

Here's a shot of the outside of the closet,
which is in the laundry room:

I've heard Rome wasn't built in a day.
So many colors, so little time...

Here's another look at phase one.

When we got home, Santa Claus ordered
Jaysa her own drill just like Grampy's so
she'll be able to finish the hooks and cover
the top of the old bench, as well as help build
the new bench when the time comes.

The wall color inside the closet is
Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy and the white
is Behr's Swiss Coffee in their paint and primer
mix. The baskets are from IKEA, which we
borrowed from the kid's playroom to use until
Jay finds something she likes better.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

When Harry Met Sabra

My grandmother, Sabra, was around 26 when
she married my dirt-poor grandfather Harry
in the early 1900's.
Back then, single ladies of her age were
known as spinsters.

Harry, being a poor cowboy and hired-hand,
must have thought he'd died and gone to heaven
when Sabra agreed to married him. Her wealthy
father gave the newlyweds 100 acres of land.

My dad told me he remembered his father Harry
lighting cigars at poker games with $20 bills.

Surely Harry must have invented the term
 'Easy come, Easy go'
-- and it haunted him all his life.

Harry's mother was an Indian woman,
 (we say Native American now)
and his father was some sort of fur trapper.

Harry was born in a log cabin in the Ozark
Mountains. No birth certificates in that sort
of situation back then.

I wish I had gotten Harry's beautiful dark skin.
Instead I got Sabra's pasty light complexion.

When they argued, Harry called Sabra 
"a flat-headed, Pennsylvania Dutch woman"
One can only imagine what feisty Sabra
called him!

So, I'm setting out to learn more about these
two this year. I have a lot of family stories
and papers, and a few pictures, to help me
with my research.

Have you ever noticed how you can look at
your kids...or even your grandchildren...
and see your ancestors in them?

Thanks for dropping in!

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Best Pot Pie

I'm sure you've noticed by now
that I have no shame...
But, isn't it sad that my 'best of the best'
is someone else's recipe?

When I bragged to my son-in-law Mike
the other night that I could make a great
Turkey Pot Pie with his leftover turkey
from Christmas,

of course I was depending on someone else
to come through for me.

Mike loved that Turkey Pot Pie so much
he had three helpings then complained
all night that he ate too much.

So's the promised recipe:

And, from the bottom of my heart,
thank you Stone Gable Blog
for always sharing your wonderful recipes!

I did change it up a little by using a 13 x 8 pan,
and regular pie crust in a box from the
refrigerated section of the store.

I covered the casserole dish with the pie crust,
then baked it at 375 degrees until the crust
was a light flaky brown.

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Blogger's Vow of 10

As the new year rolls in, I vow:

I will PIN less and
MAKE more.

I will READ the instructions
for my camera.

I will FINISH things
before starting ten new ones.

I will PAINT furniture
other colors than white.

I will LEARN to use
all the wax I have hoarded.

I will STOP buying furniture
for others who may not want it
(even tho it's a good buy)

I will spend MORE time at the gym
instead of claiming painting
to be the perfect all-around exercise.

I will TAKE sewing lessons or get
rid of that *&$$%g sewing machine.

I will re-do rooms
one at a time to AVOID chaos.

I will be KINDER to my spouse who
does not have my creative genius
does not share my love of junk
does not see a masterpiece before him
does not cope well with rickety chairs
does not...oops...

I will be KINDER to my spouse.

So help me God.

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year

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