Friday, June 27, 2014

Playful Antiques

Heeelllooooo there my good folk! Happy sunny summer day to you.  

As a school teacher, I've always enjoyed my summers off (IMMENSELY). But the older I get the more I seem to use my summer time wisely. 

What use to seem like an eternity, 2 months with my little girls, just flies by these last few summers and I am hyper-aware that these be looked back upon as the best days of my life. It is bittersweet, and the more I try to cherish it the faster it slips by. Even when Miss Junebug is ripping out the flowers in the backyard and leaving them on the doorstep! It's a good thing she's so darn cute.

When life gives you broken zinnias...make a bouquet!

This IS my favorite picture of the day though. Thanks Junebug!

 This summer has already been full of swimming, trips to visit family, ice cream, bicycles and movie nights. Our recent movie night movie was the new Lego movie. Have you seen it? It's so cute. And it has a wonderful message to parents. If you have seen it then you'll recall how the father won't allow his son to play with his "stuff".

It got me to thinking about my antiques and old junk. I have to admit that I can be a little like the dad in the Lego movie when it comes to my treasured collections. Which is ridiculous, I mean it's already old and beat up, right?  So this morning I got out all of my vintage trucks and farm animals and my primitive wooden barn for the girls to play with. 

They have not stopped playing with it all day!! How could I have been such an evil mother to hide it away? Haha

In other news...

I have been on an old sign kick lately. I found this huge old hand painted wood sign in Weatherford,TX last week. 

 I still don't know where it will end up. I'm thinking on the wall outside of my office.

 And I moved "Cowpernia" the cow head into the living room. I just painted that old mirror below her yesterday. It weighs a TON. My plan is to hang it a few inches under her. Don't you think? 

Another thing I'm considering is painting my armoire and moving it to the bedroom. It's just way to big and jutty outty into the living room. It's a small awkward room.  

Here's one more shot I took of the table while my 5 year old was setting it for dinner. I love watching my girls do stuff like that. Tonight we're having my FaVoRiTe meatloaf. I always thought I hated meatloaf until I tasted my MIL's. It's smothered in tomato soup and stewed tomatoes. MMM! We serve it with cooked carrots, rolls and cauliflower with cheese. 

Home cookin'! Fresh flower centerpieces! It's amazing how much time I have to be domestic in the summer. :D

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Floofing a Nook

"Floofing" is a word right? It's like a combo of "poofing" and "fluffing".

I "floofed" my little table in the corner of my dinette area this morning.

 It's just been sitting there with a few boring knick knacks on it. I was scrolling through your updates on facebook, sipping my coffee and staring at this corner of the kitchenette and I got one of those moments that rarely happens... when you get an idea and you have a little free time on your hands to make it happen.

 Note to self: Make sure your lamp is straight when taking photos of it!

Now I want to see a whole room shot! I'm in the middle of a makeover for this space so I promise, a whole room reveal is coming.

That's all ya'll! 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's Thanksgiving Dinner-Summer Style!

Are there a few holiday dishes that you love so much that you crave them throughout the year? What if you could make a smaller "summer" version of a holiday dinner?

I love candied yams. Or sweet potato pie. Or any of the many ways sweet potatoes are doctored up and served as a side dish during the holidays. In our house we especially love them with toasted marshmallows on top. It can be a big production cooking it from scratch though. And it makes a massive amount. I wanted to try making it in a small amount and in less than 10 minutes, while incorporating our favorite part of the dish...the crunchy topped ooey gooey marshmallow topping.

I picked up 2 of these cinnamon brown sugar steam-able sweet potato bags at the grocery store this week. They come pre-sweetened and seasoned. I decided to try making a mini sweet potato side dish like the kind we enjoy at Thanksgiving.

It is ridiculously easy, beautiful to serve, and absolutely heavenly to eat! And just the right size too! One bag of sweet taters feeds 4, as a side dish. It's very rich and luscious, with little fat and calories (yes, they are high in sugar but if you eat it with turkey and salad I figure it's THE carb of the meal). And honestly, this isn't even a recipe. It's a cheat that looks fancy and tastes homemade. So just enjoy the pretty pictures and go easy on me if you're a foodie. :)

I plan to serve it with sliced roast turkey and a big fresh crispy spinach salad, sprinkled with pecans and cranberries. Hmm...maybe a maple vinaigrette dressing would be good? Feel free to add you recommendations! 

Once I add the beautiful salad and some juicy turkey's Thanksgiving Dinner-Summer Style!

~Random picture of a bluebird over the back yard. Just to add to the springy-summer-ish ambiance~

Here's the "Recipe"...haha

Candied Sweet Taters

•One bag of sweetened steam-able sweet potatoes, found in the frozen veggies section of the grocery store.

•1 teaspoon of butter

•10-12 large marshmallows

Steam the taters. In an oven safe dish mix the cooked taters with the butter. Cover with marshmallows. Broil 5 minutes on low.



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