Thursday, May 31, 2012

Quick check in and a recipe

I found a wonderful recipe for meatloaf!!

Look here:  http://proverbs31jewels.org/2012/05/grams-meatloaf/

There is so much to look at on this blog too.  Please take the time to check it out.

What is your favorite meatloaf recipe?  Would you share it in the comments?  Looking forward to seeing some new ones.


It has been hot here.  Bri and I have gone swimming as much as we can.  My Rooster went with us on Monday as he was off for the holiday.  But I don't go for more than an hour.  I am very pale and it sun is relentless here in Texas.  I burned so many times as a child that I am very careful about it now.



This is a view of the pelicans on the posts that use to be a dock by my apartment.  You are looking across Clear Lake.  It empties into Galveston Bay which would be to the left.  There are many fancy and expensive houses across the lake.  Very pretty.



This is an apartment building on my right.  It is very neat.  I think it is called Endeavor.  I have never been in it.  But I have heard that it is very nice. 

Most people don't think of beaches, palm trees, pelicans, etc when they think of Texas.  I sure didn't.  But I am learning to love Coastal Texas.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Morning

It has really warmed up here.  We have been in the 90's for the past few days.  I am not ready for it, but it is here.  The pool opens Friday.  So I am looking forward to getting some swimming in.

Here are a few pictures of my plants.  I had to tie up one of my tomato plants.




They love this warm weather and warm nights.

I am planning to use a calendar to help me keep on track.  I got a small one at Mardel.  It has a whole month and then a weekly one. 





I want to keep track of homeschooling, chores, etc all in the same place.  I also have a desk calendar on my desk so I can write on it so everyone can see that one.

It was such a nice morning, I went on a walk and took some pictures.  I never left my apartment complex.  For those who have seen me talking about fishing off the parking lot, you can tell how close the water is here.








We really do love it here. 



Told you we could fish from the parking lot!!  LOL

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Do you have overripe bananas?

I have done banana bread, banana cake, etc.  But here is a great way to use bananas.  Banana Jam.  Yes, you read it right.  I made some years back and the neighbor kids ate it right out of the jar.  I saw this on this blog and had share.  Check it out! 

http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com/2008/03/over-ripe-bananas-make-wonderful-jams.html


You have to scroll down a bit to get to the recipe.  I used fresh lemons instead of limes and didn't use rum in it.  But try it out.  It is a neat change of pace.


I just bought a set of ebooks.   http://www.livingonadime.com/store/keeping-clean-ebook-series/  

I am so happy with the books!!!  I think it was worth every penny that I gave for them.  So many ideas and hints.  This site and all the ebooks that are sold here are wonderful!!  Please check them out.


Also here is a recipe for homemade strawberry fruit leather.  So much better than store bought.
http://www.livingonadime.com/strawberry-leather/


I can't say enough about this great site.  Spend a few minutes there and you will get tons of ideas.

Have a wonderful afternoon!!    

Monday, May 14, 2012

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

I got so spoiled this year!!  We went to Chilies for lunch and we wandered around in World Market.  I got Morrocan Rose soap petals, Jasmine tea, and candy. 

I also got this ring:

Those of you who know me, you know that I am not a ring person.  But this ring is gorgeous!!  It is so delicate. 

Then I also got this necklace:


Yes, I love dragonflies and butterflies!! 

So I am spoiled!!  Bri and Dad went shopping on Saturday.  I also got a beautiful card drawn by Bri.  So I had a wonderful day.  The weather was nice, though a bit muggy.  No rain.

Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

After a stormy night

We got really heavy storms here last night.  I think it stormed from like 9:30 pm all the way thru until 7 am.  So much lightning.

Bri was at a sleepover with her American Heritage Girls troop.  She told me they screamed a couple of times from the lightning.  I could just picture a room full of giggly girls in a thunderstorm.  LOL

My plants took a beating, but look pretty good.









This is my buddy Jack.  He is so sweet.  He belongs to the downstairs neighbor.



He is hunting the might lizards.  He likes to come up and sleep on our chairs that are outside our apartment.  I keep a box of cat treats on hand.  I also leave him fresh water.  He is always in danger of being loved to death.  LOL

This is our dog Katy.  She is a sweetie too.


If you are into organics, but have a hard time finding them, this site was recommended to me from Mary Jane's Farm magazine.  Check them out.

http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com/

Have a wonderful weekend and a great Mother's Day.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Free ebook link for 16 Amish recipes

If you love easy comfort food or Amish recipes, you will love this free ebook from MrFood.  Go here for the download and make sure to sign up for recipes from the site.

http://www.mrfood.com/Editors-Picks/16-Easy-Amish-Recipes-Mr-Food/

I have a sick Rooster home today.  He got a nice cold/sore throat for his birthday yesterday.  Poor thing.  Plus the humid conditions and hot temps isn't making he feel much better.

Working on getting my homeschool area organized.  I ordered my curriculum on Saturday and am now waiting for it to come.  You can go to my homeschool blog to check out what I am using.  The link is on my sidebar.

Bri is working on her bedroom.  We took all the CD's and DVD's out of those plastic cases and put them in a book type storage that I picked up at Wal-mart yesterday on clearance for 28.00.  It holds 352 CD/DVDs.  This has opened up so much room.  It is so much neater and takes up so much less room.  Plus cuts down on looking for the right case.  I have decided that Wii games are to stay in there cases.  We don't have many, and don't plan on getting many.  Still trying to come up with a solution for DS games.  She has a little thing with room in the center for just the games.  But she has quite a few DS games.  I hate all the cases strewn around or wasting the time looking for the right case or all the space taken up by the case.  Any suggestions?  Would it hurt to just put all of them in a plastic bin? 

Well, I need to get back to laundry, get my plants watered, and get the hamster cage cleaned.

Have a wonderful afternoon.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Is it spring or summer???

Feels like summer here now.  It has been very muggy. 

My plants love it:





There are flowers all over the tomatoes and looks like they are coming on the peppers.  I am thinking about fresh tomatoes!!

I went crazy Spring cleaning.  I got so much done.  I will post some pictures soon.

Found a wonderful new church.  We like it very much.  They also have a knit/crochet group.  Very welcoming and nice.

I have posted some pictures over on my Flosses and Crosses blog of some projects.  Please pop over and check it out.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.