Easter Egg Hunt 2015

I thought it would be great fun to host an Easter Egg Hunt this year despite the 3 feet of snow we still had left on the ground and ice-cold temperatures.  It was a B.Y.O.B.B. event.  Bring your own baskets and boots! Better bring mittens, hats, parka and snow pants too!  We have the perfect setting, lots of farm fresh eggs and two resident rabbits that could help hide them so I set about planning, decorating and baking.  I’d like to share some of the things I did with you. First came the decorating.  I admit I am a Pinterest addict and almost all of the creative ideas I have come from there.  Take this adorable jelly bean tree.  It is so basic in design, the supplies are easy enough to find and you can make one in under an hour!  My kind of project. Find yourself a good branch…

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake & Stand

I have a few odd pieces of china hanging around, mixed matched plates, cups and saucers. So today I thought I would try to do something with them.  I found lots of ideas on Pinterest but the one I liked the most was this cake stand made from a plate and teacup.  It was super easy to do, so easy that I didn’t think to take any pictures.  Shame on me!! You will need: Plate – big enough to hold a cake teacup or coffee cup heavy duty adhesive like E6000 sandpaper Basically you are just going to glue the cup upside down, to the bottom of your plate.  Make sure it is centered (eye-ball it) and then rough up the two surfaces that will be touching with the sandpaper.  This will help them to stick together better.  Apply adhesive to cup and stick it to the plate.  Let dry…

Tomatoes in the Rouladen?

My mom is German and moved to the United States after she married my dad who was stationed there during the war.  My mom is also an amazing cook.  One of her specialties is a German dish called Rinderrouladen or Rouladen for short. Braised beef rolls.  They are a family favorite at our house and often times enjoyed only on special occasions.  It was my daughter’s birthday yesterday and I wanted to make her something special for dinner so this was a perfect choice. Rouladen is not hard to make and the flavor combination of these simple ingredients is a real winner.  There are many different variations of this recipe but I am going to share the one I grew up with and the one I continue to make for my family. The one that has absolutely no tomatoes in it at all.  Never has and never will. (family joke)…

Buffalo Superbowl Sandwiches!

With the Superbowl only a few days away I thought I’d share this quick, easy, delicious sandwich idea with you.  It’s a Rachael Ray 30-minute meal that I’ve been making for years but I never thought to make it for Superbowl until now. This is one of those recipes that you have carte-blanch.  It is very flexible so if you don’t have one ingredient you can use something else.  It can also be embellished with almost anything in your fridge.  It’s perfect!! To start take your chicken breasts and season them well with chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.  OR.. whatever your heart desires.  I used Lawry’s season salt, pepper and a Cajun seasoning blend this time because that’s what I had on hand.  Really anything hot and spicy would work ( think buffalo! ).  Then take out your big fry pan and get it nice and hot.  Add olive…

Hanging Heart Pillows

Here is an easy project for you that I’m sure you will Love ~ Hanging Heart Pillows. What you will need: Fabric.  Any scrapes that you have will work and if you don’t have that you can always do what I did and cut up one of your kitchen dish towels!!  It doesn’t have to be fancy! Sewing machine of course or at least a needle and thread if you want to hand sew these but why would you? Thread in coordinating colors, or not.  You can use a contrasting color if you so desire and if you can sew a relatively straight line, which I can not! scissors marker heart template ribbon for hanging Polyfill I think that’s it.  Before you can make these you need to get yourself a heart template.  I used one of my heart cookie cutters and traced it onto a piece of sturdy cardboard.  You can…

Goings on for a Sunday morning.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, whatever your pleasure, and sit a spell.  it’s Sunday. Just a little summary of the farm family goings on. First we have the Hippie Chicks and the Guinea Hens.  Not much going on there.  They basically do their own thing, expect treats and mind their own business..except the guinea hens are nuts.  Every night the Hippie Chicks tuck themselves into bed in the Hippie Chick Inn and the Guinea Hens are all over the place.  I have to bribe them with mealworms to get them inside. (maybe they aren’t that dumb??) Then we have Mo the mini donkey and Thunder the mini horse.  They are a team with Thunder leading the way.  They also control the barnyard.  They go where they want and do what they want and everyone lets them.  Right now Mo is mad at me.  I’m not sure why…

Pine Cone Succulent Planter

The other night I was on Pinterest looking for inspiration on what to do with all these pine cones I’ve been collecting and I came across the cutest idea.   Pine Cone Succulent Planter! A women named Tiffany from The Inspired Home and Garden made them and I knew with one look that I would have to try it. They are really easy to make and require only a few supplies. A good size pine cone, the bigger the better. Assorted succulents, I used hens and chicks.  You don’t want anything too big or heavy. Sphagnum Moss Spray adhesive Twine or fishing line for hanging Once you have all your supplies gathered together the first thing you want to do is make sure the top of your pine cone has a bowl shape to it so it can hold everything.  You may need to remove some of the seed petals…

Army Strong II Graduation Day

The day of our son graduated from Army Bootcamp was a very emotional one for me.  I was so happy and proud of all that he had accomplished, relieved he was finished with phase 1, excited about his future and teary eyed knowing in another day I would have to be saying good-bye to him again.  I was a wreak, an emotional basket case on the inside but I kept a stiff upper lip and smile on the outside. The families all shuffled into the bleachers overlooking the giant field at Ft. Jackson that morning.  It was rather chilly and windy outside but I was dressed in a winter sweater so I was warm.  I just couldn’t stop shaking!  Nerves? Emotions? Excitement?  I’m not sure but that is my excuse for why my photos are such a blur.  Really folks between my shaking hands and the tears in my eyes…

Army Strong Family Day

This past week our youngest son Kristopher graduated boot camp.  My husband and I traveled to South Carolina to be there and share this honor with him.  It was a very emotional week for me.  I was a complete mess… after we left him.  I tried to be brave and keep my emotions in check for his sake but boy let me tell you, I don’t even think I had both feet in the car before I lost it. Here he is at his high school graduation in June. Kris is our youngest child.  Son #4.  My baby.  He has never really been away from home before except the occasional sleepovers, maybe a week at the most visiting family in Maine.  He is an old soul, a real homebody, an all around good kid and I missed him terribly. Here he is just a few days after leaving home in…