Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Flowers

I remember playing with snapdragons when I was a kid.  If you've never opened the mouth of a snapdragon, you haven't lived.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mr. Miller's Nursery

I love my first trip to Mr. Miller's Nursery
every Spring. 
His greenhouses are filled from floor to ceiling with gorgeous plants. 
 I was glad to be able to snap a couple of pictures before these plants begin disappearing to eager buyers.
I purchased a few violas and some snapdragons on this day.  Temperatures here will be in the 20's tonight, so I am glad I resisted the urge to
purchase more.
It will not be long before some of these plants will be blooming and begging to be planted in my flower gardens.
Have you visited Mr. Miller's Nursery?
It is located on Hwy 64 in Giles County; just past the Lawrence County Line.
His plants are very healthy and reasonably priced!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ice Cream Cake

This is the ice cream cake that I normally make for my daughter's birthday. 
This year, it is my birthday cake. 
Lucky me!!!
I have included a link to a video of this cake being made in a previous blog post, but I thought I should blog about it myself for my children to have as a future reference.
 You will need:
12 ice cream sandwiches
1 tub cool whip
1 small box chocolate instant pudding mix
1/2 cup hot fudge sauce
8 crushed Oreos

Warm the hot fudge sauce; then mix with
1 cup cool whip. 
Add the instant pudding mix and Oreos.
Mix well.

 Place 4 ice cream sandwiches on foil and cover with 1/2 of the fudgy topping.

 Repeat with a layer of sandwiches and the rest of the fudgy topping.
 Finish with a layer of ice cream sandwiches.
 Now cover the sandwiches completely with cool whip.

 Now, you can add colored sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, or cover with crushed Oreos.
 Wrap completely in foil and place in the freezer until ready to serve.
I usually make this at least a day before I serve it.
That's all there is to it.
This is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts ever!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentines Day!!!
This plant was given to me by my Nashville brother on Christmas Day.
I am proud to say it is still alive and is blooming beautifully.
I have really enjoyed it in my kitchen.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deer in the Big Woods

 Look closely...
How many deer do you see? 
There were actually 4,
but I think I only got 3 in the picture.
When we built our house in the Big Woods,
I looked forward to looking out the window and watching the deer. 
We have lived her for 22 years, and this is the
first year we have had deer that will
come up to the house. 
They don't even care if our dogs are barking. 
They are now part of our family.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hot Chocolate

My children each got a basket of hot chocolate goodies for Christmas this year.
I think this may have been their favorite gift.
 The baskets contained a glass mug, a variety of hot chocolate mixes, fun shaped and flavored marshmallows, sprinkles, rolled wafers, and whipped topping.
Each day since Christmas has been a new day to create a special hot chocolate drink.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

Every Saturday morning, you will find me ironing clothes and watching Trisha Yearwood on the Food Network Channel. 
She comes on right after my other favorite,
the Pioneer Woman.
Last week, Garth Brooks shared his recipe for a Krispy peanut butter ball.
I realized that his recipe was very similar to my Special K cookies.
So, I decided to use my recipe, but I added 5 cups of rice krispies instead of the Special K cereal.
I also coated my hands in butter and shaped the cookies into balls.
I also used crunchy peanut butter.
The result was great!
I will make these again.
You can find my Special K cookie recipe here:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Pillow

 My daughter's Christmas pillow is finally finished.
Not bad, I would say...three days after Christmas.
She requested this pillow about a week before Black Friday.
We got all the stuff, and I quickly began working on it; but then, the Christmas season hit.
There just never seemed to be any time.

 That's ok, we had great fun along the way.
It was fun picking out the fabrics.

 My daughter enjoyed deciding which order the squares should be sewn together.
 She chose the font and printed off the words for me.
Then, I enjoyed embroidering them onto the fabric.
 This is the stage where our project stalled.
Once I put them in the lap quilting frame, I really liked the way it looked.

So, I used it as a Christmas decoration, while it waited to be finished.
I am proud of the finished product.
I am mostly proud that I actually finished it.
It has been a while since I tackled a project this complicated.
If you want to try one, you can find the directions here:

I hope she will enjoy it for many years to come.


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