Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Warm Vanilla Milk

Ummmmm!!!! Doesn't this look good. I was trying to think of a cleaver name for my new recipe drink, but nothing seem to come to mind. So I will just call it "Warm Vanilla Milk" Yesterday, I was online looking for a warm drink that I could make for this winter. One of my favorite things to do on a cold day is snuggle up on the couch with either my laptop or a magazine and sip on something warm. I did not want chocolate (gasp), but I wanted something more in the vanilla taste. Yes, imagine that. Me wanting Vanilla. Anyway, I looked and looked and looked for something that sounded good. I finally decided to get in the kitchen and experiment. I mean how hard can it be really. So here is what I came up with.

1 mug of fat free milk heated in microwave for about 2 minutes

then add

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 heaping teaspoons of confectioners sugar (splenda would work also)

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Stir all ingredients together in the hot milk. Then taste. Add more sugar, vanilla or cinnamon if desired.

Then top with low fat or fat free whip cream with a dash of pumpkin spice on top.

Sit back and enjoy the goodness!!! It is sure to give you that cozy warm feeling you might need on a cold wintry day!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bread Pudding

I got this recipe from my favorite recipe site http://www.familyoven.com/ This is a great place to find and save recipes. There are some really great tried and true recipes on this site. This particular recipe is definitely not on my diet, but then when I bake, most things I bake are not on my diet. Baking just happens to be another one of my favorite things to do and what I do mostly when I am stressed. My 20 year old son told me today that he is moving out next month, December 7th. So I felt the need to bake a comfort food when I heard that news. This one is the one I chose.
This recipe made me think of my Grand Laura. She always made bread pudding. I guess cause it was cheap, easy to make and went a long way around the table. I don't remember a lot about Grand Laura, cause I was young when she passed, but I do remember her making bread pudding. To this recipe, I added some icing. I made it with butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla flavoring. I thought it needed more comfort. I also used the 35 calorie bread for less calories. (Ha, Ha! Thats funny!!!) Like that is going to matter now. You could substitute the eggs, with egg beaters, to lower the calories and fat even more. I just made mine with regular eggs. Now that I know how it should taste, I will do some substitutions the next time around when I am feeling less stress and more health consious. That way I will have a idea of whether it taste better, worse or the same with the substitutions. The recipe as is, WARM AND YUMMY TO THE TUMMY!!!! Its a miricle, I already feel less stressed (wink, wink)

6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Free Holiday Printables

Ten Two Studios has free holiday printables beginning December 1st. Every day from December 1st through Christmas, she'll post a new image on the calendar. the catch is that you must post a link to the countdown on your blog, web site, group or message board before you begin downloading. Just post your link here and just sit back and wait until December 1st.
Have fun downloading your free printables!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Scrapbooking!!!

Here we are!!! My family!! I love all the kids we have now. They just make the holiday seem more like a holiday. In the picture bottom right is my DD, my hope to be future Nieces, my Nephew and my hope to be future Nephew, middle right is my Daddy, my hope to be future SIL, my Brother and my other Nephew. Top right is Myself, my DH, my Momma and my Son. What a fun family. We had the best time eating and laughing the day away. The guys spent most of the time watching the football game, while the ladies went through Black Friday coupons. The kiddos played on the computer most of the day and had fun spending time with one another. They do not get to see each other very often. Everyone seemed very relaxed and very full from eating. My mom made a huge meal that was soooooo good. She is the best cook!!! I can only hope to fill her shoes some day. I told her she needed to start a recipe blog. If she ever does, I will post her link to my blog. She has some wonderful Southern recipes that you would just love to try.

I waited till around 9:00 in hopes of dodging the early morning shoppers and met my friend Dawn at Hobby Lobby to take advantage of the 50% off on Christmas decorations. My shopping list consist of new Christmas stockings for my kids, a tree skirt, and some ornaments for my red, green and gold tree. Husband and I decided this year we wanted to go with something different than our usual Christmas , so we went with Red, Gold and Green. We also decided that since we have this adorable kitten in our home, we better go with plastic. Luckily, they made some beautiful ornaments in those colors. I found everything I needed, except a tree skirt. I guess I will have to shop around for that. After Hobby Lobby, Dawn and I came to my house for some all day scrapbooking. We were joined a little later in the morning by our friend Debbie. After a few hours of us working on different projects, we decided it was time for another trip to Hobby Lobby. Dawn and Debbie both wanted to make Christmas trees. They just loved mine and so we headed to the store for all the supplies. These trees are very addictive. They are sooo darn cute. I shared what paper I had left from my Christmas tree, so all they needed was a cone, ornaments, a topper and pins. Once we found what we needed, we stopped at the grocery store for some snacks and a much needed Frappicinos to carry us through the night. Back to scrapbooking we shall go!!!!
For the trees I thought I would let you know how I made mine in case you want to make one for yourself. My tree has 8 rows of 1/2"x6" strips of different double sided cardstock paper curled with a pencil, a box of extra long dressmaker pins, Styrofoam cone, tree topper, mini ornaments. Starting at the bottom going up, you will need 22 strips, 2nd row from bottom, 21 strips, 3rd row from bottom 17 strips, 4th row 17 strips, 5th row 15 strips, 6th row 12 strips, 7th row 10 strips, 8th row ,top row, 8 strips. After you cut and curl your strips of paper, using 2 pins for each strip, pin to cone at the top of the strip and towards the middle right before the curl. This way your paper will show on both sides. Start the next row about a inch from the top pin of the previous row. Your second pin should be pinned right above the 1st pin of the row below. Hopefully that makes sense. Here are a couple of pictures to hopefully explain what I am saying. For better instructions on making these trees and more gogous ideas, please refer to the blog "Polished to Perfection" Kellie is the lady from whom the original idea was inspired.

We cropped till almost midnight. Dawn I think won the most "Productive Award" for the day. She made 2 notebooks, 17 Bella Christmas cards, and a tree. I was so amazed at how much she got done. We never get that much done at a store crop. To many distractions I guess. Anyway, Debbie finished her tree and worked on her swap cards, while I tried to figure out the memory cube http://www.crafttvweekly.com/player.html?wid=116 for the 2nd time. Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!! I usually never have problems figuring out things, but this project has whooped my behind twice now. I cannot decide whether or not I should throw in the towel, or keep trying. I hate to admit defeat. Its such a darn cute project. Anyways, we had such a fun day together. Love my friends and scrapbooking!!!! Here are photos below of our completed projects.
Above is my tree with topper and orniments.
Dawn's Projects above, and Debbie's projects below! Love those tree toppers girlfriends. They just make the tree complete!!!

This is my poor memory block. As you can see, it just did not come together very good. It has such cute potential though. Maybe after the frustration of spending the entire day making this has passed, I will try again!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Basic Grey weekend!!!

I have been a busy little scrapbook bee this past week and weekend. Thursday night, I stayed home from cake decorating class and finished some Christmas ornaments that I had started earlier in the week. I found this great blog that shared a really great ornament tutorial. http://emilygiovanni.com/?p=1284 I am making some of my ornaments this year for my tree so that my cat will not break my good ornaments. These were very fun and easy to make. I used my Cricut to cut them out. The rest is explained in the tutorial. I used Stickles and Basic Grey "FruitCake" paper to make them.

Friday I went over to my new friend Deanna's house to scrap. We had the best time talking about our family's and scrapbooking. What a awesome lady!!!! While I was there, I finished up on a Basic Grey Ornament kit I had purchased a few years ago. There were 3 small and 1 large ornament in the kit. What awesome ornaments these turned out to be. So much fun to do.

Deanna made a fabulous Christmas Tree out of curled papers and a Styrofoam cone. I just fell in love with it and knew I had to go to Hobby Lobby and purchase everything to make myself one. Here is the website where Deanna found the tree idea http://murdocks.typepad.com/polishedtoperfection/2007/11/index.html This lady has made some wonderful Christmas trees. I wish I had taken my camera with me so that I could have gotten pictures of Deanna's tree. I loved the paper she used. The paper defiantly makes a huge difference in how beautiful they look. So after a fun evening, I came home and did a little reading on the website she shared with me and planned out my shopping trip to Hobby Lobby. On Saturday after a work picnic, I headed to Hobby Lobby with a couple of my friends. My friend Glenda gave me the best gift ever. I was so surprised when she said she had something for me. I was even more surprised when I saw what it was.

I felt like a kid at Christmas opening this gift. I nearly fainted when I saw the word Hanna Stamps http://www.hannastamps.com/ . What a awesome friend. I must say that I am the luckest girl ever to have such wonderful friends in my life. Everyone is so caring and giving to one another. Thank You Glenda for the awesome stamp set. I love you tons!!! I just could not possibly ask for better friends. Anyway, after a fun time shopping for our supplies, we all met at my friend Jimmie's house for a little scrapbook time together. I really have decided after this weekend that I do love scrapbooking at someones house better than at a store. Its just so much more personal and comfortable to me. You can just let your hair down and be more of yourself. Our awesome hostess ordered pizza and made us some oven baked chocolate chip cookies. YUM!!! YUM!!!! She is the hostess with the mostess that is for sure. During all this great hospitality, I created my tree. It took me till 2:00 in the morning to do it, but I think it turned out really cute. (giving myself pats on the back)

Again I used Basic Grey "Fruitcake" on my tree. I guess you can tell by now that I really do love this paper. So now for my tree, alls I need now is a topper. I plan to go back to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to find just the perfect star for my cute little curly tree.

Today, after sleeping very late, I went over to another one of my friends house and we worked on Christmas cards. She wanted to learn the prisma/mineral spirits technique. Together, we created a couple of fabulous Christmas cards for her to make for her sewing students. We had a great time Stamping and chatting the afternoon away!!!! I love weekends like this one. I cannot think of too many other things I like better than spending time with my friends.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Black Bean Burger

Is YUM! YUM! YUM!!!!! I first ate this at the Movie Grill and fell in love with it on the first bite. So I decided I needed to try and make it at home. I looked online for a recipe, but most of them call for too many extra ingredients that I know my family would not appreciate if I added them to the burgers. I was challenged enough getting them to try Black Bean Burgers. I knew I better not push my luck. So I just winged it on my own.
In my food processor I added,
3 cans of Black Beans (thoroughly drained)
2 eggs
half of package of fat free crackers (crumbled)
dash of southwest seasoning
dash of garlic seasoning
and 2 dashes of woshisher sauce
Blended all items till smooth
I heated my griddle and sprayed it with cooking spray
I spooned out a large spoon full of mix and flattened it on griddle in the size of a burger. Be sure to make it very thin so that it will cook crispy. Wait a few minutes till it has time to cook on one side and then flip. I continued to flip them back and forth till I thought they were crispy on both sides without burning them. Then I added my low fat 2% American cheese.
I then put all the burger fixin's on the burgers. Onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mustard, light mayo.
Very, very good Burger without all the extra fat of red meat, but still lots of protein, fiber and veggies. My family really liked them. I was so happy to hear that I almost cried. So just know this, if they liked them, than they must be good. So give them a try.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

New Bag/Purse

I just had to share one more thing today. I went shopping at Michael's this evening and bought myself a new purse. Yes you heard me right, a new purse. Now I bet you did not know they sold purses. Well actually they do not sell purses, but as I was strolling the knitting isle, I saw these beautiful new knit bags and just had to have one. I decided it would make the perfect fall purse for me. I love the colors and I love the plastic covering that it has over the fabric. Will be very easy to clean. I also love how spacious it is inside. Its the perfect purse to carry my camera, my crochet or cross-stitch or whatever crafty project I might be working on. Its a multi-purpose bag perfect for everything. The best part is with my 50%off coupon, I only paid 12.50 for it. Now you just cannot beat that. Anyway, just wanted to share my great find for the day and perhaps enable a few of you to go buy yourself this fabulous bag/purse.
Love those bright fall colors of reds, browns, greens, beige's and golds. Great shoulder straps!!!
Nice shiny vinyl cover for easy clean up.
Cool Knitpickers emblem!!!
beauty supplies in one pocket, cell phone, keys and sunglasses in the other. Very deep pockets that snap magnetically closed.

2 open pockets on the inside and a zipper pocket, which is where I put all my change. Give me a week and it will not be near this roomy inside!!! My family believes that the Mom should carry everything in her purse. One reason why I need a bag as a purse.
Did you notice the great Knitpickers emblem on the back. It will be interesting to see just how many people notice that emblem and ask me if I knit. What a great conversational piece I have acquired for myself.

A very Inspiring Weekend!!!

What a awesome weekend. I spent it going to craft shows on Friday. This is what I bought myself. I just love this Annie, because she reminds me of me. She has a apron on that says I love Raggedie's and she is holding her very own Raggedie. So if I were a Raggedie, I would defiantly be her. I realized that the lady I bought her from is the same lady I purchased my last one from and also the same lady I bought one from last year at Christmas. It took me 3 dolls to realize it was the same lady. That's just how observative I am about these things. We had a long and pleasant talk this time and I am sure to never forget her the next time I see her. She told me she will be at another area craft show in November and she would have more dolls. So guess where I plan to be in December. I also bought this cute little dangly leg rooster. I have a thing for dangly leg characters. They are just so cute sitting on the shelf. I have several different ones now. They just make me smile to look at them. Sometimes its just the little things that make you the happiest!!!! Also while at the craft show, a very nice lady whom had gorgous rag quilts, shared with me how she makes them. I have always wanted to know how, but could never afford to take a class. My interest in them started a few years ago when my friends and I decided to take up quilting. Once I learned how much time you have to put in quilting and how expensive it was to put the backs on to the quilts once you got the tops done, I thought there has to be a easier and faster way to quilt. Then I saw the rag quilt and thought to myself, this is the quilt for me. A quilt that you put the back on as you quilt. It would save time and money and the out come would be just as pleasing to the soul. I have read many books and seen many quilts and have just fallen in love with the whole idea. I knew it was something I wanted to do. After talking to this lady, it sounds very easy and very fun and I have now gotten excited over the idea enough that I went straight to JoAnn's and purchased me a 6 1/2x6 1/2 inch template for cutting out my squares. She said I could make one in a weekend. Well I am not sure about that, but I do hope to get started soon and at least get one finished in the next few weeks. Bahhhahhahha, I really do crack myself up when I say things like that. You would think I was the the little Ant with High Hopes. We shall see!!! She gave me her name and number in case I need to call for more help. What a nice lady. That's what craft shows should be about. Sharing, helping and enabling others to learn new crafts. So many crafters I meet, get offended when they think you are only looking for ideas for making your own. They either want you to purchase or get on your way. They don't even want you to take pictures or anything. Not me, I want to share with you the excitement I have from making the stuff I make. If you were to come to my booth, you would leave with a supply list of everything you need to make the project of interest. That's just how I am. That's how I would love all crafters to be. Just share, share and share those ideas.

Anyway, I came home with much inspiration and excitement and even though I did not whip up a new rag quilt or a rag doll right away, I did make another card for this months card swap. This one turned out very pretty.

The inspiration come from several different cards that I have seen on some of my favorite blogs. The one I used for my main idea was from Julie's blog at http://paperpleasing.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/10/vintage-christm.html. I have just recently started reading her blog and I love her ideas and designs. I am now her newest blog fan.

As for the rest of the weekend, I went to see the movie Fred Clause. Here is my review of the movie:

I absolutely loved, loved this movie. I was a little skeptical with it having Vince Vaughn in it. In my opinion, he usually plays a obnoxious, sorta rude character that I would not want to personally know and has many times left me with the feeling that perhaps he might be like this in real life. However in this movie, he proved that he can be a sentimental caring character and perhaps maybe someone that I would love to know in real life. I guess I would have to say he is a pretty good Actor, since everytime I see one of his movies, I leave the theater with these thoughts in my mind about him. That has to mean something!!! Also if you do not believe in Santa, you might believe after you leave this movie. Just leaves you filled with good feelings and the excitement of the Christmas Season to come!!!! Go see it for a "FEEL GOOD MOVIE GOOD TIME"

Friday, November 09, 2007

And the credit goes to......

Here is a very fun card I made for a swap. My inspiration comes from a blog I have been reading for many months, Stamps, Paper, Sissors

Jan is such a talented lady with a very fun and informational blog. I love all of her cards she makes and tutorials that she shares. So go on over and give a looksy. You will love what you see. Be sure to read her post too, cause she will tickle your funny bone.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Alive and Kickin'

Yes I am still alive!!!!! Just in case you were wondering. Boy do I have a lot to say. So grab yourself a snack, and ready those scrolling fingers. You are going to be here for a while. The last couple of weeks I have been busy reorganizing my "Rubbah" I had a whole container of unmounted stamps and was feeling like it was a total waste of money, because I could never find the stamp I needed without extensive searching. So I made the decision to sit down and organize them. In order for this to get done, I had to totally obsess over it. When I started this, I had no idea it would actually take me 2 weeks. That was not 2 weeks of a few minutes here and there, but hours of sitting on the couch in front of the T.V. and removing easy mount off the back of each stamp and then applying Aleenes Tack-It-Over and Over back on each stamp, organizing them into categories, stamping the image on another sheet exactly the way they were on the opposite sheet and then putting them into a binder and then indexing each page. WOWSA!!!! It was hard work. However, I am so glad that I decided to do this. Now that its over, I now have my stamps so organized that all I have to do is flip a page and there they are. I love it!!!! I totally recommend this system if you are using unmounted stamps. I did not like the easy mount cushion on the back and it made it hard to store my stamps. I tried CD cases, putting them into individual ziplock baggies. Neither of those ideas worked for me. I was still having trouble storing them or finding them. I am not sure where I saw this idea, but it totally ROCKS!!!! Now I just take one off the transparency sheet that I used to stick them on, put it on my acrylic block and stamp away. Then return it back to the transparency sheet in the exact spot I took it out and back into the page protector and done!!!

What I used:

Aleenes Tack-It-Over and Over

transparency sheets

Pacific CardStock from Walmart for stamping image on and backing behind stamps for support. I used 3 sheets for each page of stamps to give it stability. One behind the stamps, One in the middle and then the back page for stamping image.

heavy duty page protectors

4 inch binder or smaller if you do not have as many stamps

index tabs
Totally awesome way to organize your unmounted stamps.

A more serious subject that I wanted to share with all of you, and one that maybe you might want to share with your youngsters. I first just want to say that I am totally thankful to God for my son. This past week God sent his Angels to protect my son from a really nasty fall out of the back of a pick-up truck. He fell backwards out of a moving pick-up. He is 6'1" and weighs around 270 pounds. He had just climbed into the back of a friends truck without the friend realizing (yea right) and when the friend took off, he went flying out of the truck. He had not had time to sit down yet. He landed on his rear first and then his head was the last to hit the pavement. Kind of a domino effect with his body. Rear, back, shoulder,neck and then head. The doctors could not believe he did not break his hip or back or even neck. All he received was a very nasty baseball size bump on the head. Of course when I saw that, I totally freaked. We spent the day at the hospital having xrays done and then he was off work for the next day. He only had headaches for a few days afterwards but now seems to be doing pretty good. At least he has not complained anyway. I actually think I received more trauma than he did. I did not sleep the first night at all and then still had thoughts of "What could have happen" for the next 2 days. It was very scary. I am not sure I have still gotten over the scare even now which is almost a week later. I just keep telling myself how lucky he was and how thankful I am that God spared him. He must have greater plans for my son. This is the second near death accident he has had in the last 2 months. The first was when a huge piece of asphalt fell from a backhoe onto his foot. A few more inches and it would have fell on his head. He works for our local street department and they were tearing up a street. He was under the cement, cutting rebar. Not realizing the wire he cut was the one holding the cement together. A huge piece fell right on top of his foot. If he had not had his steel toe boots on, it would have crushed his foot. Any closer and it would have fallen right on top of him. In the 20 years of his life, I don't recall ever having such close calls with him. He has always been so easy to take care of. I have been known to be somewhat over protected of him, maybe this is why he has never had these kinds of things happen. He is totally and only in Gods protection now. I just pray he keeps his Angels close to my son at all times.

Ok, on a better note.....

Lets talk hobbies. What have I been doing other than reorganizing my stamps. Sorry to say, but no scrapbooking or cardmaking. I have been working on my stamps and have not had no time. I know, the horror of it all!!! Anyhow, on my spare time during homeschool activities of pottery and bowling, I have been stealing minutes here and there and working on a gift project.

I really cannot tell a lot about this project since it is a gift, but lets just say that my embroidery skills are a bit rusty and I just hope to get this done before the child I am making it for enters college. LOL!!!! Mind you she is just a tiny baby right now.

I am also working on a couple of other things at the same time. I switch back and forth so I don't get tired of one thing.

Both of these projects I started last year. I love doing cross-stitch and embroidery, but mostly in the winter time. So who knows when I might get them finished. Lets hope for a long winter!!!!

I am about to start my Rag doll making. I have already got my fabric ready and all of my supplies purchased. Today I bought some more yarn for hair. I found this yarn at Hobby Lobby on clearance for .97 each. It was regularly 4.99. So naturally I had to buy all they had left.

I also picked up these while I was there. I love the colors and texture. I think they will make the perfect hair for my dolls. Now I just need to get busy.

One of my SistahChicks ask me the other day if I wanted to go in with her on a booth at a local craft show. I said "YES" I have not done a craft show in years. I use to do them way back when and finally got burned out. I have my own craft business called "Kuntry Klutter" but have not done anything with it in 3 years. I think I am finally ready again to give it a go. This time I want to specialize in Ragdolls. I am going to be making some little extras for the craft show though. These are little mini stone bread pans. I got them for 1.25. I thought how cute these would be to make some strawberry or pumpkin bread in them and sell them. I also got these cookie cutters to make tree ornaments with. I will show you the results once I get them done. I plan to spend all of this month coming up with craft items to sell since I do not have any dolls yet. I do hope to have time to finish a couple of the dolls for the sell as well. If I really obsess over it, I will be able to get them done. So if I do not post a lot this month, you will know exactly why.

How is my book reading going???? Well not as well as I had hoped. To many things on my plate. I managed to get 1 book read and have started another. I do hope to get it done. I would like to at least have 2 books read before the challenge is up in December. Even though I have not read as many books as I had hoped, I am still very happy with reading the 2 I have read or reading. That really is a huge accomplishment for me.

How is my Weight Watchers going??? Its going ok. I have lost about 5 pounds since I started. That's about 1 pound a week. Its not a lot, but hey, its better than nothing. I am happy if I continue to loose 1 pound a week.

Halloween was fun. Here is a picture of my little Good Witch.

I cannot wait to scrapbook these pictures. She was such a cute little Witch. We had a great time trick-treating. She got quite a stash of candy. Lots of chocolate for "ME" LOL!!!!

Here is the last cake I decorated for Cake decorating Class 1. We have now started Class 2. In this class, we will learn how to make lots of different flowers. It will be a fun class, cause we only have to make one cake to put all the flowers on. Making the cakes is a little stressful for me, cause I worry too much on how the cake is going to come out. So I like the idea of just taking icing to make flowers. I am not sure I will take Class 3. It does not start until January. So I have some time to think about it. Its a Fondant class and Wedding cakes and I am not sure I really need to get that fancy in my cake decorating. I think clowns, flowers and swirls are good enough.

Last night I went to the movies with my B.F.F and my D.D. It was B.F.F's Birthday today (Happy Birthday B.F.F.) and so we went out to celebrate. We went to the Movie Grill, awesome theater, to see the movie Marcian Child. Excellent movie. LOVED IT!!!! I tried the Black Bean Burger they had on the menu. YUM!!!! I loved it. A great way to have your burger without all the red meat.
As you can tell from the pictures, we had a very fun time making memories by being silly together.
Today, I went to our local craft show and this was the treasures I found for myself. Did I tell you how much I love Raggedy dolls? Did I say that my entire kitchen and dinning room is done in Raggedies? I especially love when I find Raggedies that have something to do with the kitchen. I also am very fond of dangly legs.

I just wanted to share one last thing before I close this incredibly long post (sorry about that) These are my Ivy's that I had put out in the beginning of Summer. I thought I better bring them in before we had a unexpected frost. They just blossomed over the summer with all the rain that we had. I just totally think they are gorgeous. I really will hate to see them stress from being indoors for the winter. They loose a lot of their green leaves because they are light lovers and I have a dark house. Anyway, just wanted to share pictures of them while they are in their most beautiful stage. I really do not have a green thumb at all. I did not inherit any of that from my Mother. However, it does not take much to keep these plants alive. Lucky for them!!!!

Thats it!!! I think I completely caught you up on the lastest happenings of my life!!!